Old Map of Bishopric of Liège, Belgium by Visscher, 1690: Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf
Old Map of Bishopric of Liège, Belgium by Visscher, 1690: Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf
Old Map of Bishopric of Liège, Belgium by Visscher, 1690: Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf
Old Map of Bishopric of Liège, Belgium by Visscher, 1690: Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf

Old Map of Bishopric of Liège, Belgium by Visscher, 1690: Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Bishopric of Liège with this meticulously detailed map crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. The map, officially titled 'Leodiensis Episcopatus in omnes subjacentes provincias distincte divisus', translates to 'The Bishopric of Liège, distinctly divided into all the underlying provinces'. This provides a fascinating glimpse into the political and geographical divisions of the time, specifically focusing on the Bishopric of Liège, a significant ecclesiastical territory within the modern-day area of Belgium.

Nicolaes Visscher II, the map's creator, hailed from a lineage of esteemed mapmakers from the Dutch Golden Age. His grandfather, Claes Janszoon Visscher, was renowned for his extraordinary cartographic skills, a legacy that Nicolaes successfully upheld. This map stands as a testament to the precision and artistry that the Visscher family brought to the field of cartography.

This map is not merely a geographical representation but also a historical document that captures the essence of the late 17th century. It features five significant cities: Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, and Düsseldorf. Each city is represented with its own unique characteristics, providing an intriguing exploration of the region's urban landscapes during this period.

The map also highlights several landmarks and geographical features that were of importance during this time. The political divisions and boundaries are clearly marked, providing a comprehensive understanding of the region's administrative structure. This map offers an invaluable perspective on the Bishopric of Liège, making it an ideal piece for those interested in history, cartography, or the unique allure of old maps.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Bishopric of Liège

  • Brussels: Known as the capital of Belgium today, Brussels was a bustling city even in 1690. It was historically known as Bruxella or Bruocsella.
  • Antwerp: Known for its diamond district and seaport, Antwerp was an important center of commerce and culture. It was historically known as Antwerpen.
  • Liège: The city from which the Bishopric takes its name, Liège was a significant ecclesiastical and political center. It was historically known as Leodium.
  • Namur: The capital of Wallonia, Namur was a strategic location at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers. It was historically known as Namen.
  • Tournai: One of the oldest cities in Belgium, Tournai was known for its cultural and architectural heritage. It was historically known as Tornacum.
  • Mons: Known for its rich history and architecture, Mons was an important center of trade and culture. It was historically known as Montes.
  • Louvain: Known for its historic university, Louvain was a center of learning and scholarship. It was historically known as Lovanium.
  • Charleroi: Founded in 1666, Charleroi was a fortification on the Sambre river. It was historically known as Charnoy.
  • Hasselt: Known for its jenever distilleries, Hasselt was an important center of the spirits industry. It was historically known as Hassaluth.
  • Verviers: Known for its wool and textile industry, Verviers was an important center of trade. It was historically known as Vervia.

Duchy of Brabant

  • 's-Hertogenbosch: Known for its well-preserved medieval city center, 's-Hertogenbosch was an important cultural center. It was historically known as Silva Ducis.
  • Breda: Known for its historic castle, Breda was a center of nobility and power. It was historically known as Brede.
  • Tilburg: Known for its wool industry, Tilburg was an important center of trade. It was historically known as Tilborch.
  • Eindhoven: Known for its metal and textile industries, Eindhoven was an important center of trade. It was historically known as Endehoven.
  • Roosendaal: Known for its strategic location on the trade route between Antwerp and Rotterdam, Roosendaal was an important center of commerce. It was historically known as Rosendale.

County of Flanders

  • Ghent: Known for its wool industry and rich cultural heritage, Ghent was an important center of trade and culture. It was historically known as Gandavum.
  • Bruges: Known for its canals and historic city center, Bruges was a center of commerce and culture. It was historically known as Brugge.
  • Kortrijk: Known for its flax industry, Kortrijk was an important center of trade. It was historically known as Cortoriacum.
  • Ostend: Known for its seaport, Ostend was an important center of maritime trade. It was historically known as Ostende.
  • Roeselare: Known for its linen and lace industries, Roeselare was an important center of trade. It was historically known as Roslar.

Notable natural phenomena:

  • The Meuse River: A major European river flowing through France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
  • The Sambre River: A river in northern France and in Wallonia, Belgium, it is a left-bank tributary of the Meuse.
  • The Ardennes: A region of extensive forests, rough terrain, rolling hills and ridges.
  • The Hoge Kempen National Park: A national park located in the Belgian province of Limburg.
  • The High Fens: A moorland area in the province of Liège.

Notable historical events:

  • The Eighty Years' War (1568–1648): A revolt of the Seventeen Provinces against the political and religious hegemony of Philip II of Spain.
  • The Franco-Dutch War (1672–1678): France, allied with England, invaded the Netherlands in an attempt to expand its territory.
  • The Treaty of Nijmegen (1678): The treaty ended various interconnected wars among France, the Dutch Republic, Spain, Brandenburg, Sweden, Denmark, the Prince-Bishopric of Münster, and the Holy Roman Empire.

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.

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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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I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

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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!

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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Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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