About This Work
View of Santander, part of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum
The first volume of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum was published in Cologne in 1572. This great city atlas, edited by Georg Braun and largely engraved by Franz Hogenberg, eventually contained 546 prospects, bird-eye views and map views of cities from all over the world. Braun (1541-1622), a cleric of Cologne, was the principal editor of the work.
The view overlooks the town of Santander from one of the hills which presumably surrounds the city. The city and harbor are depicted in detail, illustrating individual buildings, the town church, and even individual fishing boats in the harbor!
Large sailing ships dot the bay. Mountains and a large waterfall provide a backdrop, while townspeople in traditional dress occupy the foreground, along with their donkey. The fact that the harbor dominates the view alludes to the town’s trading importance in the region of Cantabria.
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