Maps of Jerusalem and Acre

Description

The plan of Jerusalem (left) shows the biblical city rather than the medieval one. The homes (‘domus’) of King Solomon, Pontius Pilate and St Anne and the area occupied by the Holy Sepulchre (‘sepulchrum domini’) and the Temple are indicated, but not the places of worship that later occupied these sites.

The sparseness of the Jerusalem plan, which had passed from Christian control some 125 years earlier, contrasts with the detail shown for Acre (right). This last bastion of the crusaders had succumbed to Islam within living memory in 1290, and it is depicted as a Christian stronghold. The fortified harbour, the arsenal, the castle (‘castellium’) and soldiers’ lodgings (e.g. ‘hospitium hospitalis’) are indicated as are the parts of the walls and town that were in the custody of the different nations (e.g. ‘turrius anglorum’) and of the crusader orders (e.g. ‘custodia templariorum’).

Full title:
Maps of Jerusalem and Acre, from Marino Sanudo Torsello, ‘Liber Secretorum fidelium crucis’
Created:
c.1320-1325
Format:
Bodycolour / Parchment
Creator:
Pietro Vesconte
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Add. MS 27376, ff.189v-190

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