By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 25, 2022) – In Issue 2022-059 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn a little about a very old and famous city.


Today marks the traditional founding of the city of Venice in 421. 

Although there are no records supporting this claim, the Venetians consider the city’s birthday to coincide with the dedication of the area’s first church – San Giacomo on the islet of Rialto – which took place at the stroke of noon on the Feast of the Annunciation.

Venice is made up of 118 small islands separated by canals and connected by over 400 bridges.  Around 55,000 people live in the historic center of one of the world’s most romantic cities.

The city has long captured the imagination of artists, composers, and authors.  Its compact size makes it a perfectly walkable city, with lovely piazzas and picturesque canals around every corner. It is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations and a European cultural center.

Homann’s map of the Venetian City-State from 1720 is shown here.

Republic of Venice – 1720 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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