Circular plan of Jerusalem

Description

Most medieval plans of Jerusalem give it circular walls (it was actually four-sided) and were probably of classical origin – compare its oval form on the Madaba mosaic.This 13th-century example shows some streets and monuments, among them the Holy Sepulchre (bottom left) and the Temple of Solomon (top right). Outside the walls at the top a wavy line marks the Valley of Jehoshaphat and the River Cedron, and among the features beyond is the Mount of Olives.

Full title:
Circular plan of Jerusalem
Created:
13th century
Format:
Map
Language:
Latin
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
British Library, Additional MS. 32343, f.15v

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