Old Map of Berlin-Brandenburg by Joan Blaeu, 1665: Berlin, Potsdam, Cottbus, Frankfurt an der Oder, and Brandenburg an der Havel, with the River Spree, Havel, and the Märkische Schweiz
Old Map of Berlin-Brandenburg by Joan Blaeu, 1665: Berlin, Potsdam, Cottbus, Frankfurt an der Oder, and Brandenburg an der Havel, with the River Spree, Havel, and the Märkische Schweiz

Old Map of Berlin-Brandenburg by Joan Blaeu, 1665: Berlin, Potsdam, Cottbus, Frankfurt an der Oder, and Brandenburg an der Havel, with the River Spree, Havel, and the Märkische Schweiz

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Dive into the past and explore the rich history of Berlin-Brandenburg through the breathtaking craftsmanship of Joan Blaeu's map from 1665. This is not merely an antique map; it is a piece of history, beautifully illustrating the region's past, its evolution, and the stories that defined it. Each town, city, or settlement within the 80km radius from Berlin holds a unique tale of its own, many founded before the creation of the map, their past lives and accomplishments immortalized through Blaeu's intricate detailing.

This map, titled "March Brandenburgici Pars", is an artful testament to the region's fascinating topography, revealing the heart of Berlin, the river networks, and the vast expanses of land that were once the scene of momentous historical events. These features, both natural and man-made, provide a deep sense of the area's character and spirit. Coupled with the magnificent intricacy and beauty of Joan Blaeu's cartography, the map becomes not only an artifact but a testament to the period's charm, revealing secrets of a bygone era while beckoning the viewer to explore more.

Settlements (ordered by modern population size):

  • Berlin (Berolinum): Germany's capital and the country's largest city. It has a rich history and is well-known for its art scene, modern architecture, and iconic landmarks such as the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate.
  • Potsdam (Potsdamum): Known for its picturesque cityscape with numerous parks and palaces, Potsdam is also home to the Sanssouci Palace, the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
  • Cottbus (Chotebuz): A university city, Cottbus is known for its rich history of textile and cloth manufacturing.
  • Frankfurt an der Oder (Francofurtum ad Viadrum): Home to Europe University Viadrina, it was an important trading route in the Middle Ages.
  • Brandenburg an der Havel (Brandenburgum): Known for its well-preserved medieval cityscape and architecture, it was the birthplace of the Margraviate of Brandenburg.
  • Spandau (Spandow): Home to the Renaissance fortress Spandau Citadel, one of the best-preserved Renaissance military structures of Europe.
  • Oranienburg (Boehnitz): Known for the Oranienburg Palace, one of the oldest Baroque palaces in Brandenburg.
  • Neuruppin (Neu-Ruppin): Birthplace of the renowned Prussian architect, city planner and painter, Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
  • Eisenhüttenstadt (Fuerstenberg Oder): Noted for its socialist planned city built in the 1950s.
  • Strausberg (Strausberg): Known for Straussee Lake and its historic city walls.
  • Schwedt (Schwedt/Oder): Noted for its Baroque Pomeranian tobacco industry.
  • Wandlitz (Wandlitz): Known for Wandlitzsee Lake and its scenic beauty.
  • Wittenberge (Wittenberge): Noted for its historic textile and leather manufacturing industries.
  • Werder (Werder): Known for its annual tree blossom festival.
  • Bad Freienwalde (Freienwalde): Known for its oldest recognized spa in Brandenburg.
  • Teltow (Teltow): Noted for its namesake, the Teltow Canal.
  • Bernau bei Berlin (Bernau): Known for its well-preserved medieval city walls.
  • Ludwigsfelde (Ludwigsfelde): Known for its significant automotive and mechanical engineering industry.
  • Strausberg (Strausberg): Noted for its beautiful lake and the Strausberg Railway, a major suburban railway line in Berlin.
  • Fürstenwalde/Spree (Furstenwalde): Known for its historic St Mary's Church.
  • Eberswalde (Everswolde): Known for its significant forestry and engineering industry.
  • Oranienburg (Bötzow): Known for its baroque Oranienburg Palace.
  • Wittenberge (Vittenberge): Known for its historical water tower and the St Stephen's Church.
  • Neuruppin (Nogard): Known as the birthplace of the renowned Prussian architect and painter Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
  • Wandlitz (Wandlo): Noted for its beautiful Wandlitz Lake and the surrounding nature reserve.

Notable Landmarks:

  • River Spree: Meandering through Berlin, the river is central to the city's layout and is a popular location for boating and sightseeing.
  • River Havel: Known for its meandering course through lakes, it provides beautiful scenic views and is popular for watersports.
  • Märkische Schweiz Nature Park: A nature reserve located in Brandenburg, known for its hilly landscape and biodiversity.

Historical Events in the 17th Century:

  • Thirty Years War (1618-1648): A devastating conflict in the region, which significantly affected the population and landscape.
  • The Great Elector (1640-1688): The reign of Elector Frederick William of Brandenburg, who enacted significant economic and military reforms.

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.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70in (178cm). 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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All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

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