Striking & Colorful Antique Map Entitled "Cite De Saintes" from the important Civitates Orbis Terrarum (volume 7)by the renowned and respected Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg | Map is a bird's-eye view of Saintes, made after a drawing by Frans Hoefnagel in 1560 | First Latin edition of volume V was published in 1598 | Hand-colored engraving by Hogenberg | Dimensions: Sight size 19 x 15.25 inches | Professionally matted and framed under archival glass | Note: This plate is shown in a bird's-eye view from the east, from the modern-day Faubourg des Dames, offering a clear overview of the city of Saintes and the surrounding countryside. The city, which had 15,000 inhabitants even in Roman times, is constructed in the manner of a fortress. Various ruins testify to its Roman past, including a triumphal arch of Germanicus, thermal baths and an amphitheatre (Q). In the city centre stands the cathedral of Saint-Pierre (I). On the hill to the left, outside the city walls, rises the pelgrimage church of Saint-Eutrope, today only partly intact, which formes one of the stations along the Way of St James. Also famous is the Abbaye aux Dames (5) on the opposite bank of the Charente, a former nunnery with its abbey of Sainte-Marie-des-Dames. During the Wars of Religion in France, Saintes became a cultural and religious centre of the Huguenots. Today the town near the west coast of France has 25,000 inhabitants. (Taschen) Civitates Orbis Terrarum: Between 1572 and 1617 Georg Braun (1541-1622) and Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590) published the Civitates Orbis Terrarum: in six volumes, containing about 530 maps of mostly European cities. Georg Braun was the editor of this series, and Frans Hogenberg was the most important engraver. They relied mainly on existing maps, but also on maps made by drawings made by the Antwerp artist Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600), who had travelled through most of Western Europe. After Joris Hoefnagel's death his son Jakob continued the work for the Civitates. Georg Braun (also Brunus, Bruin; 1541 â€“ 10 March 1622) was a topo-geographer. From 1572 to 1617 he edited the Civitates orbis terrarum, which contains 546 prospects, bird's-eye views and maps of cities from all around the world. He was the principal editor of the work, he acquired the tables, hired the artists, and wrote the texts. He died as an octogenarian in 1622, as the only survivor of the original team to witness the publication of volume VI in 1617. Frans Hogenberg (1535â€“1590) was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker. Hogenberg was born in Mechelen as the son of Nicolaas Hogenberg. In 1568 he was banned from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. He is known for portraits and topographical views as well as historical allegories. He also produced scenes of contemporary historical events.