Anverpia, nobile in Barbantia oppidum, parrim maritimum . . . [Antwerp]
$950 / ≈ €826
The bird's-eye plan provides an excellent view of the citadel, city, docks and fortifications. The city was defended by a line of fortification and a moat constructed under the orders of Charles V in 1545 and strengthened by Philip II in 1567.
The citadel was built by the Duke of Alba in 1567, after the architectural designs of Luca Pacioto.
It was engineered to withstand a siege even if the city wall was breached and is separated from the populated metropolis by an expanse of open ground. A great many ships are shown in the Schelde and the city is surrounded by rich farmland.
The chart is embellished with cartouches, two coats of arms and four costumed figures standing in the foreground. Verso text is in Latin.
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