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Antique maps > africa > Antique map of Algiers by Braun & Hogenberg
Algerii Saracenorum Urbis Fortissimae ... - Braun & Hogenberg, 1575-1612.
Antique map - bird's-eye view of Algiers by Braun and Hogenberg.
TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: View of Algiers, the most powerful town of the Saracens, built in the Numidian province of Africa. Situated on the edge of the Balearic Current in the Mediterranean Sea, across from Spain. Under Ottoman rule.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "The inhabitants of Algiers go on raids, cruising the ocean with scores of galleys, and have laid waste to the islands of Majorca, Minorca and Formentera on numerous occasions. Hence King Ferdinand has commenced an immense naval attack against the town and has constructed a castle across from it, on top of a high peak, as far away as a rifle can shoot, although it couldn't do any damage to the city walls."
The plate of Algiers depicts the formidably fortified town in a low bird's-eye view, with a figure bottom left dressed in a turban and kaftan, the colouring of which matches that of the surrounding countryside. The fortress-like layout of the town conveniently located on a harbour features a well-laid out Old Town with five mosques, including, in the foreground, the Great Mosque (Q) from the 11th century. While Algiers belonged to the Kingdom of Aragon after the Reconquista in 1492, in the early 16th century many Moors, Moriscos and Corsairs made Algiers and Tunis their base. Among others Ferdinand, the Catholic, campaigned against their piracy; on the other side the Turks helped the North Africans and, with the exception of Morocco, the land became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1518-1519. Algiers is today the capital of Algeria, in which approximately 2.2 milion people live. (Taschen)
Size: 35 x 49cm (13.7 x 19.1 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, repair at centrefold, flattened.
Condition Rating: B+
References: Van der Krogt 4, 73; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.199
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 2. Köln, 1575-1612.
Item number: 22675
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