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Maps of Amsterdam | Kaarten van Amsterdam

Throughout this project I’ve been researching each bridge to determine when it was built as well as it’s location. Of course this means that much of the time looking at old maps of Amsterdam.
Also of course living near to het Scheepvaartmuseum (The national maritime museum) helps as they have lots of old maps there (and of course wikipedia has a ton of information too about the people who painted the original maps like Cornelis Anthonisz. and the maps themselves. Also the University van Amsterdam (UvA) has a lot of digitised versions and a history of the maps from the 16th century onwards.

The oldest map in the dates from 1544. It is the woodcut “birds-eye view” map by Cornelis Anthonisz. and it is the first printed map of Amsterdam. Not all rare maps of Amsterdam from this period are available. Luckily however there were many reproductions of older maps.

Oldest surviving map of Amsterdam, 1538, looking south (Anthonisz 1538, Amsterdam Museum)

Oldest surviving map of Amsterdam, 1538, looking south (Anthonisz 1538, Amsterdam Museum) See a high resolution version on the museum site.

Amsterdam at a glance . 1544. Colored woodcut. Cornelis Anthonisz.

Next came Pieter Bast in 1599 with his 4 part map of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the city of Holland, the most famous magazine of all Europe. 4-part map of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, the city of Holland, the most famous magazine of all Europe. 4-part map of Amsterdam.

Next up in 1625 Balthasar Florisz van Berckenrode

Then 1649 Joan Blaeu

1649 Joan Blaeu

1649 Joan Blaeu Map of Amsterdam

Next 1652 Jan Micker

1652 Jan Micker

1652 Jan Micker Map of Amsterdam

1657 Balthasar Florisz van Berckenrode again had a go

1657 Balthasar Florisz van Berckenrode

1657 Balthasar Florisz van Berckenrode Map of Amsterdam

1662 Daniel Stalpaert

1662 Daniel Stalpaert

1662 Daniel Stalpaert Map of Amsterdam

1679 Jacob Bosch

1679 Jacob Bosch

1679 Jacob Bosch Map of Amsterdam

1688 Frederick de Wit

1688 Frederick de Wit

1688 Frederick de Wit

1721 Covens and Mortier

1721 Covens and Mortier

1721 Covens and Mortier

1737 Gerrit de Broen

1737 Gerrit de Broen

1737 Gerrit de Broen

1770 Jan Mol

1770 Jan Mol

1770 Jan Mol

Finally another  repeat 1782 Gerrit de Broen

1782 Gerrit de Broen

1782 Gerrit de Broen

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