de L’Isle’s map of the Holy Land (1782)

Map “Palestine: The Holy Land” by Guillaume de L'Isle (Delisle) in 1782.

Terra Sancta : Palestina.
Terra Sancta : Palestina. image detail
Date: 1782
Author: Guillaume de L'Isle
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This map isn't part of any series, but we have other maps of the Middle East that you might want to check out.

It's old favorite Guillaume Delisle, but not, this time, depicting the Mississippi River Valley. In this map he turns his attentions to the (Abrahamic) Holy Land.

The map faces east, with the Mediterranean in the foreground. The large endorheic lake at the center right is the "Mare Mortuum" or Dead Sea [gmap], following the River Jordan north (to the map's left) we see another large water body, the "Mare Galilaeae" or the Sea of Galilee [gmap]. Nestled just north of this is a water feature that looked entirely unfamiliar to me, and when I looked it up, I found out why; the "Samochonitis Lacus" was the biblical Lake Merom which was drained in the 1950s for use as agricultural land.

The work's title is ”Terra Sancta que in Sacris Terra Promissionis ol: Palestina” which I'm imagining means “Sacred Land, the Promised Land: Palestine”, but I don't speak Latin and I welcome correction (not only in this instance, but for any error you find on any description on the site... so by all means, don't hesitate).



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