How did the major cities in the 16th and 17th centuries compare with their modern counterparts? The Atlantic has a slideshow comparing the look of mostly European cities with satellite images pulled from Google Maps. Scans of the 16th century maps are housed on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s and the Jewish National and University Library’s Historic Cities site. The maps were pulled from Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum, an atlas of bird’s eye view maps. The compiled maps numbered 546 in the complied atlas and represent cities from all over the world.
The slideshow by Atlantic is an interesting viewing of cities that in many instances, are portrayed in the 16th century surrounded by bucolic farmland. Fast forward to 2011 and those views are now densely built out.
The engraving of Dublin on the left is by Hondius, in John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britane, 1611-1612.