Frau Mauro’s upside down world

Looking south

Alex Wrottesley of Geovation sent me this beautiful 15th century world map that he came across in Florence

Fra’ Mauro, a Camaldolese monk, was active in Venice toward the mid-fifteenth century. His world map depicts the image of the Earth prevailing before the discovery of America. Based on literary texts that conveyed the geographic information then available, the original map is now in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana of Venice.


Spotted at the the Museo Galileo in Florence where they display a full-scale facsimile.”

I like the idea of a south orientated map, it challenges my presumptions about maps, geography and the world order.

If you want to learn a bit more about this map have a look here

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