A map of the Ottoman Empire

    A map of the Ottoman Empire

    Holland, Amsterdam

    late 17th century

    Author and editor: Justus Danckerts

    Paper; etching, cutting, watercolors

    67 х 77 cm (in the frame)


    The horizontal sheet features a vast territory of the Ottoman Empire of the end of the 17th century, including the south-east part of Europe, (Balkan Peninsula, the Crimea with adjacent territories of the Black Sea and the Azov Sea regions), Asia (Asia Minor, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, part of the Trans-Caucasian region) and North Africa with the indication of the areas disputed by European Christian countries and Persia.

    On the bottom left in the cartouche there is an inscription in Latin: "Accuratissima et Maxima Totius Turcici Imperii Tabula Cum Omnibus Suis Regionibus Noviffima Delineatio per I.Danckerum Amstelodami cum Previlegio". The cartouche is presented surrounding by the figures wearing national costumes and images of the lion and the leopard.

    Scale – in German miles.
    The subscriptions and inscriptions are in Latin.


    Presumably, the map was created in the period of the Great Turkish War (1683-1689), a series of conflicts between the Ottoman Empire and the union of Christian European countries joined into a Holy League and involving Austria (the Holy Roman Empire), the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Tsardom of Russia, the Republic of Venice and Malta. The war ended with liberation of the most part of the Central Europe from Turks and it significantly weakened their military might. Apart from the major Austro-Turkish war taking place at the Balkans the Great Turkish War also included the Polish-Ottoman War (1683-1699), the Russo-Turkish War (1686-1700) and the Morean War (1684-1699).