The Piri Reis World Map (1513)

Documentary heritage submitted by Turkey and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

Fragment of the World Map by Piri Reis 1513 A.D. © Topkapi Palace Museum

The Piri Reis World Map of 1513 was discovered in the Topkapı Palace Library in 1929. Piri Reis’s is a portolan-style world map created in a time when positioning recently discovered places was almost technically impossible. Piri Reis succeeded in producing a detailed and considerably accurate depiction of the coastline and islands of the newly discovered regions of the world and formed a circular map designed on a hypothetical center with rich variety in illustrations. Also this map represents the earliest cartographic record of Columbus’s oceanic voyages and  is among the earliest works showing Terra Australis, and the first map to depict its unique fauna.

  • Year of submission: 2016
  • Year of inscription: 2017
  • Country: Turkey
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