Old Map of Norway by Visscher, 1690: Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, Jotunheimen National Park
Old Map of Norway by Visscher, 1690: Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, Jotunheimen National Park
Old Map of Norway by Visscher, 1690: Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, Jotunheimen National Park
Old Map of Norway by Visscher, 1690: Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, Jotunheimen National Park

Old Map of Norway by Visscher, 1690: Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, Jotunheimen National Park

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This exquisite map, 'Norvegia regnum: divisum in suos dioeceses Nidrosiensem, Bergensem, Opsloensem, et Stavangriensem et praefecturam Bahusiae quae et sont subdivisae in in caeteras partes, minores', is a testament to the meticulous craftsmanship of Nicolaes Visscher II, a renowned mapmaker from the Dutch Golden Age. Created in 1690, the map presents a detailed depiction of Norway, offering a glimpse into the country's historical and political landscape.

The title, translated from Latin, reads 'Kingdom of Norway: divided into its dioceses Nidaros, Bergen, Oslo, and Stavanger and the prefecture of Bohuslän which are further subdivided into other smaller parts'. This translation provides an understanding of the regions covered by the map, revealing its focus on the ecclesiastical and administrative divisions of 17th-century Norway.

The map prominently features the cities of Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, and Stavanger, each of which holds a significant place in Norway's history. Oslo, the capital, is known for its green spaces and museums, while Trondheim, the country's third-largest city, was the capital of Norway during the Viking Age. Bergen, a city on Norway's southwestern coast, was the largest city in Norway until the 1830s. Stavanger, on the other hand, is known for its preserved old town.

Another notable feature of the map is the Jotunheimen National Park, a popular destination for hiking and climbing due to its high mountain terrain. The park is home to Northern Europe's two highest peaks, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind, which would have been significant landmarks during the time this map was created. This old map of Norway by Visscher is not just a piece of art, but a window into the past, offering a unique perspective on the country's rich history and geography.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Dioeceses Nidrosiensem (Diocese of Nidaros)

  • Trondheim: Known as Nidaros during the Middle Ages, it was the capital of Norway during the Viking Age.
  • Steinkjer: Known for its rock carvings from the Iron Age.
  • Stjørdal: Known for Stjørdalshalsen, a significant trading post during the Middle Ages.
  • Levanger: Known for its annual market which has origins in the Middle Ages.
  • Namsos: Known for its timber floating history.

Dioeceses Bergensem (Diocese of Bergen)

  • Bergen: Known as Bjørgvin in the Middle Ages, it was the largest city in Norway until the 1830s.
  • Stavanger: Known for its preserved old town.
  • Haugesund: Known for its proximity to the North Sea.
  • Molde: Known as the 'Town of Roses'.
  • Kristiansund: Known for its opera festival, the oldest in Norway.

Dioeceses Opsloensem (Diocese of Oslo)

  • Oslo: Known for its green spaces and museums.
  • Drammen: Known for its river and bridges.
  • Fredrikstad: Known for its well-preserved fortress town.
  • Sarpsborg: Known for its Viking history.
  • Moss: Known for its paper and textile industry.

Dioeceses Stavangriensem (Diocese of Stavanger)

  • Sandnes: Known for its pottery history.
  • Egersund: Known for its fishing and seafaring history.
  • Flekkefjord: Known for its Dutch architectural influence.
  • Arendal: Known for its shipping history.
  • Kristiansand: Known for its fortress and cathedral.

Praefecturam Bahusiae (Prefecture of Bohuslän)

  • Gothenburg: Known for its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards.
  • Kungälv: Known for the Bohus Fortress.
  • Lysekil: Known for its spa history.
  • Uddevalla: Known for its shipbuilding history.
  • Strömstad: Known for its spa and fishing history.

Some of the significant natural phenomena and boundaries:

  • Jotunheimen National Park: Known for its high mountain terrain, including Northern Europe's two highest peaks, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind.
  • Hardangervidda Plateau: Europe's largest mountain plateau.
  • Sognefjord: Norway's longest and deepest fjord.
  • Norwegian-Swedish border: A significant boundary that has shaped the history of both nations.
  • North Sea coastline: Known for its fjords and cliffs.

Notable historical events between 1600 and 1690:

  • Kalmar War (1611-1613): A war fought between Denmark-Norway and Sweden.
  • Hannibal War (1643-1645): A conflict between Denmark-Norway and Sweden during the Torstenson War.
  • Scanian War (1675-1679): A part of the Northern Wars involving Denmark-Norway, Sweden, and Brandenburg.

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 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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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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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

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