Maps of Jerusalem
The maps of Jerusalem
are one of the main specializations of the Laor Collection. The collection includes the most comprehensive array available in the world of ancient as well as measured maps of Jerusalem. The collection comprises more than 300 ancient maps of the city starting in the 15th century as well as a large number of measured maps dating from 1818.
Antique Maps of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, a city holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has been the focus of numerous historical works, chronicles, biblical exegeses, and itineraries. Many of these works include maps and views of the city, some historical and at times completely imaginary, and others of a more realistic nature. These images grew in number continuously following the invention of printing in 1450. Since the first printed map of Jerusalem appeared in the late 15th century until the beginning of the 19th century, more than 300 maps of Jerusalem were designed and printed. These were made by a variety of mapmakers, including well-known figures such as Adrichom, Quaresmius, Jansson, and others. Most of these maps are found in the collection and can be viewed on this website.
Measured Maps of Jerusalem
Starting with Napoleon's military campaign to Egypt and Palestine in 1799, many of the regional maps began to be based on accurate surveys. This new methodology was quickly applied to city maps as well. The Laor Collection contains many significant examples of this genre, reflecting the development of the modern mapping of the city. Through these maps one can follow the accelerated development of Jerusalem from the 1860s onwards.