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Antique maps > europe > spain and portugal > Antique map of Alhambra de Granada by Braun & Hogenberg
Alhama - Braun & Hogenberg, 1575-1612.
Bird's-eye view of Alhama de Granada, painted by Georg Hoefnagel in the year 1564.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Alhama is not the least of Spain's cities and is seven miles away from the splendid city of Granada. [...] The city and its surroundings have been richly endowed by nature: considering its fertile soil, high mountains, walleys and rivers, this place lacks nothing. And yet all these gifts are far surpassed by the warm baths that spring up there [...]. These baths are considered, not unjustly, one of the most amazing wonders in the whole of Spain."
The engraving shows a dramatic rocky landscape in front of the city, which is embedded in the Valley of the Marchan. In the foreground the road to Granada can be seen. The Spanish city of Alhama de Granada is still known for its baths today. It was the Romans who discovered the hot springs and built the first thermal bath in the town, which was known then as Artigi. In the 8th century the Moors conquered the Tolosan Kingdom of the Visigoths and gave Artigi the new name Alhama, derived from the Arabic word al-hamma meaning "hot water". After the end of the Reconquista in the 15th century, Alhama de Granada became a popular destination of the Spanish nobility. Alhama is in the southwest of the province of Granada and is enclosed by the Alhama River. (Taschen)
Size: 34.5 x 46.5cm (13.5 x 18.1 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, some small reinforcements at centrefold on back.
References: Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.199.
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 2. Köln, 1575-1612.
Item number: 17930
Price: 380 Euro
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