11 beautiful old maps of the Middle East

Jun 09, 2016



The rise of smart phones and GPs means maps are now always a tap away – but Google Maps’ question for perfection leaves something to be desired: beauty.

Check out these beautiful – if sometimes geographically challenged – old maps of the Middle East.

1. Al-Idrisi (1154)

Photo source: Al-Jazeera

Photo source: Al-Jazeera

2. J. Hondius, Jr. (1630)

Photo source: Wikimedia.

Photo source: Wikimedia.

3. Piri Reis (1513)

Photo sourcE: mapsys.info

Photo sourcE: mapsys.info

4. Sebastian Münster (1488-1552)

Photo source: Wikimedia

Photo source: Wikimedia

5. Sebastian Münster (1488-1552)

Photo source: Wikimedia

Photo source: Wikimedia

6. Unknown (1475)

Photo sourcE: Wikimedia

Photo sourcE: Wikimedia

7. Mercator, Gerhard (1607)

Photo source: Wikimedia

Photo source: Wikimedia

8. Flaminus (1681)

Photo source: Wikimedia

Photo source: Wikimedia

9. Visscher (1657)

Photo sourcE: Wikimedia

Photo source: Wikimedia

10. Abraham Ortelius (1572)

Photo source: Wikimedia

Photo source: Wikimedia

11. Ortelius, Hondius (1595)

Photo source: Wikimedia

Photo source: Wikimedia

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By: Ryan Stultz