Found beneath the floor of an English cathedral, a large calfskin canvas featuring what appeared to be a map of the world. Once recovered and repaired, the map was found to date to 1285. Cities and towns are depicted on the medieval Mappa Mundi, more than 500 ink drawings illustrate biblical events, exotic plants and animals, wild and strange creatures from legends, and dipictions from classical myths. The remarkable artifact remains the largest medieval map still known to exist.
The largest known late medieval world map was the "Ebstorf Mappa Mundi". This map named for the Benedictine monastery in Ebstorf Germany where it was found in 1830. The map was most likely produced in the middle of the thirteenth century. Unfortunately the map was completely destroyed during the Second World War.
Psalter World Map (mappa mundi), 1265 / This is one of the ‘great’ medieval world maps. At Burns & Co., we create rare historical art produced from prints, photographs, manuscripts, ancient texts, & reliefs. Visit: https://www.pinterest.com/BurnsCoGallery/ or call (888) 266-9385.
Hereford Mappa Mundi - the largest intact Medieval wall map in the world and its ambition is breathtaking – to picture all of human knowledge in a single image. The work of a team of artists, the world it portrays is overflowing with life, featuring Classical and Biblical history, contemporary buildings and events, animals and plants from across the globe, and the infamous ‘monstrous races’ which were believed to inhabit the remotest corners of the Earth.
The Hereford Mappa Mundi is a mappa mundi, of a form deriving from the T and O pattern, dating to ca. 1300. It is currently on display in Hereford Cathedral in Hereford, England. It is the largest medieval map known to still exist.
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Very interesting. I've seen the Psalter world map before (mappa mundi) from 1265. It deals less with accurate geography than it does with politics, ethnography, and the Bible. At the center of the map is Jerusalem.
The Hereford Mappa Mundi detail, showing the circular image of Jerusalem (towards the top left) with the Mediterranean Sea below. Some of the fabulous beasts and monstrous races can be seen on the right.