27 June 2012

Another great map room

One of the best parts of traveling abroad is discovering the secrets of the past in places like the old map rooms. The first one I really remember being impressed by was at the Vatican Musuem, where the Papacy used maps as a means for displaying the lands over which they had influence, hundreds of years ago.

High on my list of rooms left to visit is the Giorgio Vasali's Hall of Geographical Maps in Florence with the Mappa Mundi at its center. Looking at some of the photos online you can see that he elegantly connected astronomy and geography in a space that both impresses and is simply beautiful.

So, go online and dig around some. This is worth checking out.

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