Logo Utrecht University

Defining ‘Europe’ in Medieval European Geographical Discourse

Project Blog

Ubiquitous maps

Medieval mappae mundi help us see that cartographic representations of the world are not only omnipresent but often used for purposes other than navigation. This mural painting by Peter Alma (1886-1969) in the Amsterdam Amstel train station, completed in 1939 uses its representation of the world to emphasize the global nature of the connectivity provided by modern means of transportation.