Old Map of Southern Russia by Visscher, 1690: Moscow, Yaroslavl, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don
Old Map of Southern Russia by Visscher, 1690: Moscow, Yaroslavl, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don
Old Map of Southern Russia by Visscher, 1690: Moscow, Yaroslavl, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don
Old Map of Southern Russia by Visscher, 1690: Moscow, Yaroslavl, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don

Old Map of Southern Russia by Visscher, 1690: Moscow, Yaroslavl, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don

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Step into the past with the 'Moscoviae, Pars Australis' map, an exquisite piece of cartography by Nicolaes Visscher II, dating back to 1690. This map, whose title translates to 'Southern Part of Muscovy' in English, offers a detailed view of Southern Russia, revealing not just the geography, but also the historical and political landscape of the time.

The map prominently features the city of Moscow, the political, economic, and cultural center of Russia, even in the 17th century. The intricate details of the city layout, with its roads and buildings, provide a glimpse into the heart of Russia during the time of the Tsars. The presence of Yaroslavl, an important historic city located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers, adds another layer of interest to this map.

Further exploration of the map reveals the city of Vologda, known for its rich history and the seat of the bishop of Vologda and Veliky Ustyug. Nizhny Novgorod, one of the largest cities in Russia, also finds a place on this map. It was a key trade center in the 17th century, located at the junction of the Volga and Oka rivers. The city of Rostov-on-Don, strategically located on the trade route from Central Asia to the Mediterranean, is also depicted, showcasing its importance in the historical context.

This map is not just a piece of art; it is a window into the past, offering insights into the political divisions and regions of Southern Russia during the late 17th century. It is a testament to the map-making skills of Nicolaes Visscher II, who belonged to the illustrious Visscher family of cartographers from the Dutch Golden Age. This map, with its detailed depiction of cities, landmarks, and regions, is sure to be a valuable addition to any collection.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Southern Russia

  • Moscow: Known as the heart of Russia, it was the political, economic, and cultural center of the country during the 17th century.
  • Yaroslavl: A historic city located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers.
  • Vologda: A city rich in history, it was the seat of the bishop of Vologda and Veliky Ustyug.
  • Nizhny Novgorod: One of the largest cities in Russia, it was a key trade center located at the junction of the Volga and Oka rivers.
  • Rostov-on-Don: Strategically located on the trade route from Central Asia to the Mediterranean.
  • Kazan: Known as the Third Capital of Russia, it was a major political center in the 17th century.
  • Smolensk: A historic city that played a key role in Russia's defense against invasions.
  • Tver: An ancient city, it was a rival to Moscow for control over Russia in the 14th century.
  • Novgorod: Known as the Great Novgorod, it was one of the most important historic cities in Russia.
  • Pskov: An ancient city, it played a major role in the formation of the Russian state.
  • Ryazan: An old city known for its kremlin, it was a major cultural center in the 17th century.
  • Oryol: Founded in 1566 as a fortress, it played a significant role in Russia's southern expansion.
  • Tambov: Established in the 17th century as a fortress, it was a key outpost on Russia's southern frontier.
  • Saratov: Founded in the late 16th century, it was a major trade center on the Volga River.
  • Astrakhan: Known for its kremlin, it was a key center of trade and military power in Southern Russia.
  • Voronezh: Founded in 1586 as a fortress, it played a key role in Russia's southern expansion.
  • Kursk: An ancient city, it was a major cultural and economic center in the 17th century.
  • Samara: Established in the 1586 as a fortress, it was a key outpost on Russia's eastern frontier.
  • Ufa: Founded in 1574, it was a major center of trade and military power in Eastern Russia.
  • Penza: Established in the 1663 as a fortress, it was a key outpost on Russia's southern frontier.
  • Simbirsk (today's Ulyanovsk): Founded in 1648, it was a key center of trade on the Volga River.
  • Orenburg: Established in the 1672 as a fortress, it was a key outpost on Russia's eastern frontier.
  • Tula: An ancient city, it was a major center of arms production in the 17th century.
  • Belgorod: Founded in 1596 as a fortress, it played a key role in Russia's southern expansion.
  • Kostroma: An ancient city, it was a major cultural and economic center in the 17th century.
  • Kaluga: An old city known for its kremlin, it was a major cultural center in the 17th century.
  • Lipetsk: Founded in 1703, it was a major center of iron production in the 18th century.
  • Cheboksary: An ancient city, it was a major cultural and economic center in the 17th century.
  • Kirov (formerly Vyatka): An ancient city, it was a major cultural and economic center in the 17th century.
  • Ivanovo: Founded in the 1561 as a weaving sloboda, it was a major center of textile production in Russia.

Notable Natural Phenomena

  • Volga River: The longest river in Europe, it was a major trade route in the 17th century.
  • Ural Mountains: A mountain range that forms part of the conventional boundary between Europe and Asia.
  • Lake Baikal: The deepest and oldest freshwater lake in the world.
  • Caucasus Mountains: A mountain system in West Asia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
  • Black Sea: An inland sea located between Southeastern Europe and the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia.

Notable Historical Events (1600-1690)

  • Time of Troubles (1598-1613): A period of political crisis that resulted in the Polish–Muscovite War (1605–1618) and the Russian famine of 1601–1603.
  • The Conquest of Siberia by Yermak Timofeyevich (1580-1585): This event marked the beginning of the Russian conquest of Siberia.
  • The Treaty of Andrusovo (1667): This treaty ended the 13-year Russo-Polish War, and Russia gained control of Smolensk and the left-bank Ukraine.

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.

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.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. My standard frame is around 20mm (0.8in) wide.

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Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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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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I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 4,000 real 5-star reviews.

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.

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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