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City maps from the 'Civitates orbis terrarum'. This book -containing 530 European city maps created by various artists- has been compiled by Braun and Hogenberg between 1572 and 1617. I have chosen the following city maps:

Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Dordrecht, Rotterdam, The Hague, Bruges, Groningen, Liege, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Ostend and Leiden.

Note: the Leiden map is showing not only the town but also a large part of the area around. In this area, called 'Rijnland', villages like Katwijk, Rijnsburg, Voorschoten, Noordwijk, Leiderdorp, Valkenburg, Oegstgeest, Warmond, Sassenheim and Voorhout can be easily found. It's a very nice map to take a look at.

Source: City maps of Europe, 1991 Studio Editions Ltd. England. John Goss

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The city maps will open in their own windows. It's not a problem but I just want you to be aware of this.




The old division of the province of Groningen in gouwen .

(Gouw is the old name for a region, district, dating from the middle ages).

Click the picture below to view it in large detail; it will open in a new window. (The resolution of this picture doesn't allow a good printout. If you want to print out this picture please contact me).


Source: Groninger Encyclopedie, K. Ter Laan, Drukkerij-Uitgeverij Spiering, Groningen 1954





Zeeland in the late middle ages

Detailled map of the Dutch province of Zeeland in the late middle ages. Click here to view this map in high detail. Click the picture to go to a printable version, which will open in a new window.


Source: De Grote Bosatlas, Wolters-Noordhoff Atlasprodukties, Groningen 1993

Zelandia. Old map of the province of Zeeland by Christiaan Sgrooten, abt.1592

zelandia small
Drawn after a map by Christiaan Sgrooten, abt. 1592 . Original map in the Biblioteca Nacional Madrid.
Source: "Winkler Prins Encyclopedia", volume 18, published by Elsevier, Amsterdam, Brussels, 1954



Map of the province of Groningen, 1558

Click the picture below to view it in large detail; it will open in a new window. (The resolution of this picture doesn't allow a good printout. If you want to print out this picture please contact me).

Note: you can see large parts of the province of Drente, Friesland as well as of the German East Friesland and Rheiderland regions


This is a detail of the map of Frisia and neighbouring territories, drawn by Jacob van Deventer after a design of Sibrandus Leo. The map was engraved by Jac. Bossius and published by Michael Tramezini at Rome, 1558.

Source: Nieuw Groninger Woordenboek, K. Ter Laan, Wolters-Noordhoff /Egbert Forsten, Groningen 1989

Duchy of Brabant 1559

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Highly detailled map of the Netherlands, 1658

belgii foederati jansoni

Belgii Foederati Jansoni, 1658
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Amsterdam, from the beginning of the 13th century
up to 1612

amsterdam Beginning 13th century
amsterdam 1482
amsterdam 1612
Source: "Amsterdam in zyne opkomst, aanwas, geschiedenissen, voorregten, koophandel, gebouwen, kerkenstaat, schoolen, schutterye, gilden en regeeringen", beschreeven door Jan Wagenaar, historyschryver der stad.
Eerste stuk.
Te Amsterdam. By Isaak Tirion. 1760

Very nice, highly detailed map (in four parts) of Amsterdam, 1538

County of Holland about 1554

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Go here for a beatiful detailed map of Noort-Holland (1575/1606) by Joost Jansz Beeldsnyder, aka Bilhamer


Birdview etching/engraving of the Frisian capital Leeuwarden 1603
by Pieter Bast(ius)

leeuwarden 1603
Source: collection o.t.webmaster


Heiloo road guide for pilgrims.
Copper-plate, handcolored anonymous, 1704.
17.5 x 30cm, scale abt. 1:16500.
University Library, Leiden,
collection Bodel-Nijenhuis 29-58.
Map probably made for pilgrims going to the Chapel of Heiloo (Hylo).

heiloo (Noord-Holland)

Mouth of the Meuse, 1665
Copperplate on 4 pages, 49x 140cm.
Scale 1:23.000
Executed under supervision of Jacob Quack, actual drawing, etching and engraving by Joost van Geel.
Municipal Archive, Rotterdam, R.I.86-II
Beware! Large file

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Part of Noord Kennemerlant (Noord-Holland).
Copperplate, handcoloured, 55.5x22.5cm
Scale 1:30.000
Published by Van Limme, Haarlem 1729.
State Archive of Noord-Holland, Haarlem,
A(492.624)4 Map
Beware! Large file


noord kennemerland including Haarlem