Old Map of Archbishopric of Trier by Visscher, 1690: Koblenz, Bitburg, Cochem, Mainz, Moselle
Old Map of Archbishopric of Trier by Visscher, 1690: Koblenz, Bitburg, Cochem, Mainz, Moselle
Old Map of Archbishopric of Trier by Visscher, 1690: Koblenz, Bitburg, Cochem, Mainz, Moselle
Old Map of Archbishopric of Trier by Visscher, 1690: Koblenz, Bitburg, Cochem, Mainz, Moselle

Old Map of Archbishopric of Trier by Visscher, 1690: Koblenz, Bitburg, Cochem, Mainz, Moselle

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Immerse yourself in the intricate details of the 'Archiepiscopatus Trevirensis recentissima delineatio', a fascinating old map of the Archbishopric of Trier, meticulously crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. The map provides a captivating snapshot of the historical and political landscape of the time, with the Archbishopric of Trier at its center. The region, now a part of modern-day Germany, is depicted in remarkable detail, reflecting Visscher's renowned precision and artistic flair.

The map showcases five notable locations: Koblenz, Bitburg, Cochem, Mainz, and Moselle. Each city is marked with meticulous detail, allowing viewers to appreciate the historical urban layouts and geographical context. Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, is a key feature of the map. Bitburg, with its rich history dating back to Roman times, and Cochem, an important medieval trade and craft town, are also highlighted.

Mainz, a city with a history that spans over two millennia, is another significant location depicted on the map. It was a major center of trade during the Roman Empire and later became an important city in the Holy Roman Empire. The Moselle, a river flowing through France, Luxembourg, and Germany, is also featured prominently, underscoring its historical significance as a vital waterway for trade and transportation.

The map's full name, 'Archiepiscopatus Trevirensis recentissima delineatio', translates to 'The Most Recent Delineation of the Archbishopric of Trier'. This title alludes to the map's focus on the ecclesiastical territory of the Archbishopric of Trier, one of the most powerful and influential bishoprics of the Holy Roman Empire. This map, with its focus on a region of such historical and political significance, is not just a navigational tool, but a window into the past, offering a unique perspective on the world as it was known in 1690.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Archbishopric of Trier:

  • Trier: Known as Augusta Treverorum during Roman times, it was a major city of the Roman Empire and is considered Germany's oldest city.
  • Koblenz: Known as Confluentes in Roman times, it's situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.
  • Mainz: Known as Mogontiacum in Roman times, it was a major center of trade during the Roman Empire.
  • Bitburg: Known as Beda Vicus during Roman times, it was an important trade and craft town.
  • Cochem: An important medieval trade and craft town.
  • Bernkastel-Kues: Known for its well-preserved medieval buildings.
  • Traben-Trarbach: An important wine-growing town in the Moselle wine region.
  • Wittlich: Known for its annual pig and folklore festival, the Säubrennerkirmes.
  • Neumagen-Dhron: Known as Noviomagus Treverorum in Roman times, it's the oldest wine village in Germany.
  • Prüm: Known for Prüm Abbey, a former Benedictine abbey which held the status of Imperial Abbey in the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Daun: Known for its volcanic lakes (maars).
  • Manderscheid: Known for its two castles, the Oberburg and Niederburg.
  • Gerolstein: Known for its natural mineral water.
  • Mayen: Known for its slate mining tradition.
  • Andernach: Known as Antunnacum in Roman times, it's one of the oldest towns in Germany.
  • Boppard: Known for its well-preserved medieval fortifications.
  • Bingen am Rhein: Known as Bingium in Roman times, it's the starting point of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley.
  • Ingelheim am Rhein: Known for the Ingelheim Imperial Palace, built by Charlemagne.
  • Bad Kreuznach: Known for its radon inhalation health facility.
  • Idar-Oberstein: Known for its gemstone mines.
  • Alzey: Known as Alteium in Roman times, it's associated with the Nibelungenlied, a high medieval heroic epic.

Notable Natural Phenomena and Landmarks:

  • Moselle River: A major waterway for trade and transportation.
  • Rhine River: One of the longest and most important rivers in Europe.
  • Eifel National Park: Known for its volcanic geological history.
  • Hunsrück: A low mountain range known for its quartzite rocks and beautiful hiking trails.
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley: A UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its cultural landscape.

Notable Historical Events (1600-1690):

  • Thirty Years' War (1618-1648): A devastating conflict in the region that resulted in significant population loss.
  • Peace of Westphalia (1648): Ended the Thirty Years' War and brought significant territorial changes.
  • French annexation of Metz and Thionville (1659): As part of the Treaty of the Pyrenees, these cities became part of France.

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This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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