Early views of the city

The earliest views of the city in the medieval period used combinations of views and journeys around the city in a form of abstract mapping and they exaggerated certain features according to their importance. The creation of a map, which wasn’t to scale, told a story of important features and buildings that existed within the city or town boundaries. It suggested a set of experiences concentrated around significant locations within the town or village. Such maps are some of the simplest, yet most alluring, representations of the town or city.

Early maps recorded the city as text to be read by visitors to describe a realm or the boundaries of a city; they celebrated the culture of a place, its monuments, spaces, and buildings. ...

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