Have you always wondered what the world looked like to people from the 17th century? You can find out at The world according to Blaeu | Master Cartographer of the Golden Age, the exhibition at The National Maritime Museum providing a unique display of Joan Blaeu’s map of the world dating back to 1648. Its size alone is impressive: Joan Blaeu’s map of the world measures over two metres by three metres. When approaching, the meticulous details become clearer – an almost artwork-like maze of continents, mythical creatures, and tales of adventure. The world according to Blaeu is part of the museum’s popular Atlases exhibition. Created in 1648 by Joan Blaeu, the map offered the most up-to-date knowledge of the world in its day.

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