Hereford Mappa Mundi

Documentary heritage submitted by United Kingdom and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2007.

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The Hereford Mappa Mundi

The Hereford Mappa Mundi is the only complete example of a large medieval world map intended for public display. It is very different to our modern understanding of a world map as it shows not only locations of places and geographic features but also acts as a visual encyclopaedia with historical, anthropological, ethnographical, biblical, classical and theological information. The map is pivotal in our understanding of medieval cartography and sense of place and still has relevance to all peoples in helping them to understand their sense of humanity and self.

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