Old Map of Upper Saxony by Visscher, 1690: Leipzig, Dresden, Magdeburg, Halle (Saale), Erfurt
Old Map of Upper Saxony by Visscher, 1690: Leipzig, Dresden, Magdeburg, Halle (Saale), Erfurt
Old Map of Upper Saxony by Visscher, 1690: Leipzig, Dresden, Magdeburg, Halle (Saale), Erfurt
Old Map of Upper Saxony by Visscher, 1690: Leipzig, Dresden, Magdeburg, Halle (Saale), Erfurt

Old Map of Upper Saxony by Visscher, 1690: Leipzig, Dresden, Magdeburg, Halle (Saale), Erfurt

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This exquisite artifact, 'Circuli Saxoniae superioris: pars meridionalis in qu a sunt ducatus Saxoniae', translates to 'Upper Circle of Saxony: southern part in which are the Duchies of Saxony'. Crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690, it presents a detailed depiction of Upper Saxony, a region now part of modern Germany. The map provides a fascinating insight into the historical and political landscape of the time, reflecting the territorial divisions and prominent cities of the period.

The map is rich in detail, featuring the cities of Leipzig, Dresden, Magdeburg, Halle (Saale), and Erfurt. Leipzig, a city of historical significance, was a major European center of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing. Dresden, known as the Jewel Box because of its baroque and rococo city center, is also highlighted, providing a glimpse into its past before it became the capital of Saxony.

Magdeburg, one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of Germany, is also featured prominently. The city was a significant medieval city, and its representation on the map underlines its importance during the period. Halle (Saale), known for its rich salt production, and Erfurt, with its well-preserved medieval cityscape, are also depicted, adding to the historical value of the map.

Nicolaes Visscher II, the creator of the map, was part of the renowned Visscher family of cartographers, artists, and publishers. His grandfather, Claes Janszoon Visscher, was a significant figure during the Dutch Golden Age of cartography. This map is a testament to the Visscher family's contribution to cartography, providing a detailed and accurate depiction of Upper Saxony in the late 17th century. It's a piece of history, offering a window into the past, and a valuable addition to any collection.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Duchy of Saxony:

  • Leipzig: Known as the 'City of Heroes' for its role in initiating the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was also a major European center of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing.
  • Dresden: Known as the Jewel Box because of its baroque and rococo city center. It was also the capital of Saxony.
  • Magdeburg: One of the oldest cities in the eastern part of Germany, it was a significant medieval city.
  • Halle (Saale): Known for its rich salt production.
  • Erfurt: Noted for its well-preserved medieval cityscape.
  • Chemnitz: Known as Karl-Marx-Stadt during the era of the German Democratic Republic.
  • Zwickau: The birthplace of Robert Schumann, one of the most famous composers of the Romantic era.
  • Gera: The third-largest city in Thuringia.
  • Plauen: Known for Plauen lace, which was popular throughout Europe.
  • Görlitz: Known for its well-preserved old town that offers over 500 years of architectural history.
  • Weimar: Famous for its cultural heritage, being home to personalities like Goethe and Schiller.
  • Jena: Known for its university, one of the oldest in Germany.
  • Bautzen: Famous for its historical old town with numerous towers.
  • Freiberg: Known for its historic silver mines and the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology.
  • Annaberg-Buchholz: Noted for its old town and the Annaberg St. Anne's Church.

Upper Saxony:

  • Cottbus: Known for its rich Slavic history and the Branitz Park, one of Germany's most beautiful parks.
  • Brandenburg an der Havel: One of the birthplaces of the German nation, it was the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg.
  • Frankfurt (Oder): Known for its university and the 'Bridge of Europe' connecting Germany and Poland.
  • Potsdam: Known for its historical legacy as a royal residence, with palaces such as Sanssouci.
  • Eisenhüttenstadt: Known as Stalinstadt during the era of the German Democratic Republic.
  • Fürstenwalde/Spree: Known for its cathedral, the Dom St. Mary.
  • Guben: Known for its hat-making history, with the saying "If you want to know how many people live in Guben, count the hats".
  • Strausberg: Known for its well-preserved medieval city wall.
  • Bernau bei Berlin: Known for its preserved medieval city wall and gate.
  • Schwedt/Oder: Known for its Baroque buildings such as the Schwedt Castle.
  • Eberswalde: Known for the Eberswalde Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in Germany.
  • Oranienburg: Known for the Oranienburg Palace, a beautiful Baroque palace.

Notable natural phenomena and tourist attractions:

  • Elbe River: One of the major rivers of Central Europe, passing through Dresden.
  • Harz National Park: Home to the Brocken, the highest peak in northern Germany.
  • Spreewald Biosphere Reserve: A vast network of waterways and walking trails near Cottbus.
  • Bastei: A rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.
  • Moritzburg Castle: A Baroque palace in Moritzburg in the German state of Saxony.

Notable historical events (1600-1690):

  • The Battle of Breitenfeld (1631): A decisive victory for the Swedish army in the Thirty Years' War.
  • The Peace of Westphalia (1648): A series of peace treaties signed in the Westphalian cities of Osnabrück and Münster, effectively ending the European wars of religion.
  • The Great Saxon Revolt (1073-1075): A civil war in the Holy Roman Empire where the dukes of Swabia and Saxony rose against the King.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

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.

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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.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

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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