By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 7, 2021) – In Issue 2021-108 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, traces a piece of the religious wars history.


The series of Crusades were intended to regain Jerusalem and surrounding areas for Christians from Muslims during the period 1096-1295.  These religious wars created plenty of upheaval and casualties on both sides.

The first Crusades ended with Jerusalem being conquered in 1099 on this day.  The victory was short-lived for the Christian crusaders as the city was retaken in only eight short days.

This part of the world, as some others, has multiple claims by varying factions and nations making long lasting peace rather difficult to achieve.

Here is a rather rare view of Jerusalem by Florimi from 1595.  He worked independently in Siena, Italy with only a handful of prints being made of his maps and views.  There only five other known examples of this view – three are in various European Libraries.  Note the crucifixion view in the lower left corner.

Jerusalem by Florimi from 1595 (Credeit 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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