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Round mosaic map of world, black cover, The Universe of Amsterdam in white font to centre.

The Universe of Amsterdam

Treasures from the Golden Age of Cartography

By (composer) Alice Taatgen


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  • Explore the largest, most unique maps in the world
  • Housed at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and more than 6 meters in diameters, they depict the world and night sky
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The largest maps in the world are to be found in the floor of the Citizens’ Hall, in the heart of the Royal Palace Amsterdam. The three circular mosaics, each measuring over six metres in diameter, together depict the known world and the night sky. They remain to this day an iconic and beloved part of the majestic palace, which was originally built in the mid-17th century to serve as Amsterdam’s town hall. At that time, the city was the world’s leading cartography centre. The prominent place of the floor maps relates directly to that primacy. This book tells the story of these unique maps and of the flourishing of cartography in Amsterdam in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Waanders Publishers
20th Jul 2020
World excluding The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg
215 mm x 215 mm
96 Pages
67 color
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