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Antique maps > europe > spain and portugal > Antique map of Santander by Braun & Hogenberg
Santander - Braun & Hogenberg, 1575-1612.
Bird's-eye view on Santander.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "The city of Santander lies in Hispania Tarraconensi on the Atlantic. [...] On the left, the sea comes right up below the walls and is channelled into the city through a ford. Here they have built a wall with human artistry and thus created a harbour shaped like bent arms. At the end of this wall a crane, in their laguage la grúa, has been erected, with which they can lift great loads."
Seen from the northeast, from foothills in the foreground, the view shows Santander and its surrounding bay. The picture is dominated by the harbour, which indicates the importance of this city for trade in the region of Cantabria; after the discovery of America, trade with the New World took on great proportions. Behind the harbour rises the Iglesia colegial de los Cuerpos Santos, in which the bones of St Emeterius are kept, an early Christian martyr from whom the name Santander is derived.
Size: 32 x 35.5cm (12.5 x 13.8 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, light browning at centerfold.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 3862; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.144.
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 2. Köln, 1575-1612.
Item number: 12903
Price: 550 Euro
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