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Collection of Historical Maps of the High Middle Age of the Research Department for Information Technology and Culture at the University of Lüneburg


The Ebstorf World Map is one of the largest historical maps, but also a very complex and rich presentation of a world view of the High Middle Age.
The Ebstorf World Map originates from the thirteenth century. It was probably created in the Lueneburg moor land in the monastery of Ebstorf (on the map Ebbekestorp, founded in the eleventh century). The map was destroyed during World War II. It was reconstructed based on photos.
Medieval maps of the world often subordinate geography to the Christian worldview. Jerusalem constitutes the center of a disc surrounded by water, which is held by Jesus' outstretched arms. Over one thousand legends make the Ebstorf world map a chronicle of the world.
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