Old Map of Peloponnese, Greece by Visscher, 1690: Patras, Zakinthos, Kalamata, Nafplion, Saronic Islands
Old Map of Peloponnese, Greece by Visscher, 1690: Patras, Zakinthos, Kalamata, Nafplion, Saronic Islands
Old Map of Peloponnese, Greece by Visscher, 1690: Patras, Zakinthos, Kalamata, Nafplion, Saronic Islands
Old Map of Peloponnese, Greece by Visscher, 1690: Patras, Zakinthos, Kalamata, Nafplion, Saronic Islands

Old Map of Peloponnese, Greece by Visscher, 1690: Patras, Zakinthos, Kalamata, Nafplion, Saronic Islands

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Experience the grandeur of the 17th century with the meticulously detailed 'Peloponnesus hodie Morea' map, a masterpiece by the renowned Dutch cartographer Nicolaes Visscher II. This magnificent work of art transports you back to 1690, offering a captivating glimpse into the historical landscape of Peloponnese, known as Morea during the period. Translated into English, the title of the map reveals its focus: 'Peloponnese, today Morea', reflecting the geographical and political landscape of the time.

The map features a wealth of significant cities, towns, and landmarks that narrate the story of the region. Notable cities such as Patras, Zakinthos, Kalamata, and Nafplion are intricately represented, each brimming with historical significance. The Saronic Islands, a group of islands in Greece, located in the Saronic Gulf, are also depicted, adding a touch of maritime intrigue to the map.

Visscher's masterpiece is not just a map, but a vibrant tapestry of natural phenomena and geographical features. It beautifully illustrates the administrative boundaries, waterways, canals, and landmarks of the time. Lakes and mountains are depicted with pictorial relief, offering a three-dimensional perspective that brings the map to life. The decorative title cartouche and compass rose add to the aesthetic appeal, making this map a perfect blend of art and cartography.

The 'Peloponnesus hodie Morea' map is a treasure trove of historical, political, and geographical information. It provides a unique perspective on the world as it was known in the late 17th century. This map is more than just a piece of history; it is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of one of the finest mapmakers from the Dutch Golden Age. Each city, landmark, and natural feature has been depicted with an incredible level of detail, making this map a must-have for history enthusiasts, map collectors, and lovers of fine art alike.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Peloponnese (Morea)

  • Patras: Known as the 'Gateway to the West', Patras was a bustling port city and a significant node in maritime trade routes. It was known as 'Patrae' during Roman times.
  • Zakinthos: An island in the Ionian Sea, known for its vibrant culture and rich history. It was known as 'Zacynthus' in ancient times.
  • Kalamata: Known for its castle and the Church of Ypapantis, it was an important Byzantine city. It was known as 'Pharae' in ancient times.
  • Nafplion: Known as the first capital of the modern Greek state, it has a rich history dating back to the prehistoric era. It was known as 'Nauplia' during the Byzantine era.
  • Sparta: An ancient city known for its military strength and austere lifestyle. It was a significant city-state in ancient Greece.
  • Corinth: Known for the ancient Temple of Apollo and Acrocorinth, it was a significant city-state in ancient Greece.
  • Argos: One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it was a major center of Mycenaean civilization.
  • Megalopolis: Known as the 'Great City', it was an important political and cultural center in ancient Arcadia.
  • Tripoli: Known for its fertile plains and as a commercial center, it was known as 'Tripolitsa' during the Ottoman era.
  • Pylos: Known for the Palace of Nestor, it was a significant city in the Mycenaean civilization.
  • Messenia: Known for its ancient theater and the Temple of Zeus, it was a significant region in the southwestern Peloponnese.
  • Laconia: Known for the Byzantine city of Mystras, it was a significant region in southeastern Peloponnese.
  • Elis: Known for hosting the Olympic Games in antiquity, it was a region in the western part of the Peloponnese.
  • Achaia: Known for the ancient city of Patras, it was a region in the northern part of the Peloponnese.
  • Arcadia: Known for its picturesque landscapes and as the mythological home of Pan, it was a region in the central part of the Peloponnese.

Saronic Islands

  • Aegina: Known for the Temple of Aphaia, it was a significant naval power in ancient Greece.
  • Poros: Known for its lush vegetation and beautiful beaches, it was a popular retreat for Athenians.
  • Hydra: Known for its well-preserved architecture and role in the Greek War of Independence, it was a significant maritime center.
  • Salamis: Known for the Battle of Salamis, it was a significant naval power in ancient Greece.
  • Spetses: Known for its significant role in the Greek War of Independence, it was a prosperous maritime and commercial center.

Notable natural phenomena and tourist attractions:

  • Mount Taygetus: Known for its rich biodiversity and hiking trails, it is the highest mountain in the Peloponnese.
  • Corinth Canal: An engineering marvel that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf.
  • Mani Peninsula: Known for its rugged landscapes and Byzantine churches, it is a popular tourist destination.
  • Neda River: Known for its beautiful waterfalls and lush vegetation, it is a popular spot for nature lovers.
  • Diros Caves: Known for their stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations, they are a major tourist attraction.

Notable historical events between 1600 and 1690:

  • The Morean War (1684-1699): A part of the wider conflict known as the Great Turkish War, it resulted in the recapture of the Peloponnese by the Venetians.
  • The Cretan War (1645-1669): A conflict between the Ottoman Empire and the Venetian Republic, it had significant implications for the balance of power in the eastern Mediterranean.
  • The Orlov Revolt (1770): A precursor to the Greek War of Independence, it was an early attempt to liberate Greece from Ottoman rule.

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.

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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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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!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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