fresh photoshop tutorials & resources
Log in Register
Painted Wood Photoshop Action Comics Book Photoshop Action Infographic JS Library Textures for Photoshop

15 Beautiful Old Maps from All Around the World

Resources Inspiration Images 17835 Views April 16th, 2010

I was always fascinated by the old writings, books, maps. In fact I have a great interest in antiquities in general and I like wondering around the antiques shops and markets. Every month in my home town are organized antiques markets where you can find all kinds of old beautiful art pieces. In today article I have a list with the most beautiful old maps to show you. I have found them on flickr and they are hand picked according to my taste.


The oldest known world maps date back to ancient Babylonia from the 9th century BC. The best known Babylonian world map, however, is the Imago Mundi of the 6th century BC.The map as reconstructed by Eckhard Unger shows Babylon on the Euphrates, surrounded by a circular landmass showing Assyria, Urartu and several cities, in turn surrounded by a "bitter river" (Oceanus), with seven islands arranged around it so as to form a seven-pointed star. The accompanying text mentions seven outer regions beyond the encircling ocean. The descriptions of five of them have survived. (Source: wikipedia) If you want to find out more about the history of Early World Maps visit this page on Wikipedia.

This images are under Creative Commons - licensed content for adaptation, modification or building upon but it is always best before you use them to check one more time and to always give attribution to the owner. You will see that the maps are from different parts of the world and that most of them are decorated with drawings such as ships, war scenery, villages, people and much more. As a distinctive feature we can notice that an old map has an artistic value too beside the obvious practical value. This maps are for sure a great inspirational material for all Photoshop enthusiasts such as myself .

1. South America Old Map

by thejourney1972

2. South America Old Map

by thejourney1972

3. Illuminated Manuscript Map of Cairo, from Book on Navigation, Walters Ms. W.658, fol. 305b

by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts

4. Old Map


5.Old Southwest Map

by edwhitaker

6. South America Old Map.

by thejourney1972

7. Illuminated Manuscript Map of the Bay of Salonica (Selānīk,Thessalonici) and the western coastline, from Book on Navigation, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.658, fol.52b

by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts

8. Map of Odessa 1850

by paukrus

9. Old South America Map.

by thejourney1972

10. Old Map in Chineses

by Ces't June

11. South America Old Map

by thejourney1972

12. Geological sketch map of Katoomba, 1901 and brief history of coal mining at Katoomba

by Blue Mountains Library - Local Studies

13. Historic Map of Paraguay - "Província del Río de la Plata" (1634)

by thejourney1972

14. South America

by thejourney1972

15. South America

by thejourney1972

Be a Cool Dude!

With your donation you can help us maintain this website and keep producing free resources many months to come! Any amount counts

2 comment(s) for "15 Beautiful Old Maps from All Around the World"

7:09 AM Monday, October 24, 2011
do you by any chance have a map labelled
"Babylon and its environs,
sixth century B.C.
according to Eckhard Unger,
Babylon die heilige Stadt
Helmut Fuchs reply
7:09 AM Monday, October 24, 2011
sorry my friend, I don't have it! reply

Have something to say? Leave us a comment

Click to Upload Fan Art!

Share your Psd Dude inspired works

Pencil Sketch vs Camera Photo Effect Photoshop Action
Animated Kaleidoscope Photoshop Action
Recent Posts
Learn how to fill text with image in Photoshop. The same technique works for adding a text over an i...
Learn how to create in Photoshop a beautiful Valentine's Day text effect made from red rose petals. ...
Here you have some of the most beautiful photo manipulation tutorials for Valentine's Day that I am ...
Seamless border Photoshop brushes that you can use for free. If you want to add a border in Photosho...

      Burnt Paper with Fire Effects Photoshop
Popular Posts
You can create amazing gold text effects by using these unique gold Photoshop styles, both free and ...
Today's Photoshop collection of resources includes some amazing packs of metal chrome PSD text style...
If you want to know how to create dispersion effect in Photoshop in a easy way, here is a quick solu...
In today list of free textures for Photoshop I have gathered over 100 amazingly beautiful wood textu...
To create a realistic sketch in Photoshop you need some pencil sketch textures or better still you c...
I have decided to create a new character from Alice in Wonderland and I hope that maybe someday to r...
To create a Comic Book Effect in Photoshop we have to mix all sort of filters and blend them togethe...
Stitching and sewing can be created also in Photoshop with very realistic results. So in this tutori...
Hello girls and boys! Today i want to make a cartoon rainbow... i really hope you will like it! ...
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a 3D map in Photoshop using different 2D and 3D model...
Subscribe via email

      Metal Tag Photoshop Creator