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Fragment of the World Map by Piri Reis 1513 A.D. © Topkapi Palace Museum

The Piri Reis World Map (1513)

Registration year: 2017
Submission year: 
2016
Collection ID: 
2016-34

The Piri Reis World Map of 1513 was discovered in the Topkapı Palace Library in 1929. Piri Reis’s is a portolan-style world map created in a time when positioning recently discovered places was almost technically impossible. Piri Reis succeeded in producing a detailed and considerably accurate depiction of the coastline and islands of the newly discovered regions of the world and formed a circular map designed on a hypothetical center with rich variety in illustrations. Also this map represents the earliest cartographic record of Columbus’s oceanic voyages and  is among the earliest works showing Terra Australis, and the first map to depict its unique fauna.

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Fragment of the World Map by Piri Reis 1513 A.D. © Topkapi Palace Museum
Fragment of the World Map by Piri Reis 1513 A.D.
© Topkapi Palace Museum
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