September 27, 2004

Maps of historic cities. Let's take a stroll past Notre Dame de Paris, between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, for example.
  • Link. Thanx!
  • Nice.
  • I ain't the world's expert or nothing, but my profile includes an email address. If anyone wants to hassle me about crap to get up to in Paris, I will reply with pleasure.
  • I'm looking forward to exploring this. Thanks!
  • Fine links and maps, Slithy_Tove! Bookmarked the first one.
  • fascinating!
  • Wow. I love old city maps and views. Check out this gorgeous mid-19th-century view of Odessa! Thanks, Slithy.
  • This is awesomely good. I love the map of Milan; how little the tiny convoluted streets and circular geography have changed since the 16th century and who knows how long before. I stayed in a hotel near the Piazza Sant' Ambrogio, so it's a good spot to see how the city has changed over time. Most of the streets around there are new, so I guess the suburb was bombed in WW2, perhaps.
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  • OOOOOO OOOOOO I like. I like.
  • Also - I'm thinking that the shape of Terry Pratchett's fictional Ankh-Morpork is much more like early modern Paris in shape than like London (though other things are clearly London based) - especially in the way it spreads evenly on both sides of the river (whereas London was mostly on the north side at the time). It's the circular shape of Paris that stands out, rather than London's way of being sprawled across the northside of the river, with only a few suburbs to the south at this time. (The map linked above is a photo of one published in 1993).
  • This kicks ass!!!
  • And to think that is just the downtown core now. St Martin's in the Fields was still in fields (though very soon to be filled up with 20,000-odd parishioners - yeah, they were getting good religious service).