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"Exploring the Vastness: A Journey through the World" Embarking on a historical voyage, we delve into the depths of time with Al-Idrisi's world map from 1154

Background imageWorld Collection: EXPL2A-00352

EXPL2A-00352
The Hereford Mappa Mundi of 1280 - Jerusalem is at the center, Europe lower left, Africa lower right. Printed color halftone reproduction 19th century

Background imageWorld Collection: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia
Proclaimed Croatias first national park. It has exceptional natural beauty and was added onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979

Background imageWorld Collection: Ocean currents off the Americas

Ocean currents off the Americas. Satellite-based graphic showing ocean currents (swirling coloured lines) on an Earth globe centred on the Americas

Background imageWorld Collection: Al-Idrisis world map, 1154

Al-Idrisis world map, 1154
Al-Idrisis world map. This world map, known as the Tabula Rogeriana, dates from 1154, and is orientated with North at bottom

Background imageWorld Collection: Roussanou Monastery at sunset, Meteora, Greece

Roussanou Monastery at sunset, Meteora, Greece

Background imageWorld Collection: MAP: BRITISH EMPIRE, 1886. Map, 1886, of the British Empire by Walter Crane

MAP: BRITISH EMPIRE, 1886. Map, 1886, of the British Empire by Walter Crane. The small insert shows, in red, the extent of the British territories in 1786

Background imageWorld Collection: Sunset at Uluru, Ayers Rock, Australia

Sunset at Uluru, Ayers Rock, Australia
Sunset at Uluru, Ayers Rock, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Background imageWorld Collection: The Tabula Rogeriana, drawn by al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154, an important

The Tabula Rogeriana, drawn by al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154, an important ancient world map

Background imageWorld Collection: NAPOLEON CARTOON, 1805. The Plumb-pudding in danger; - or State Epicures taking un Petit Souper

NAPOLEON CARTOON, 1805. The Plumb-pudding in danger; - or State Epicures taking un Petit Souper. Satirical etching, 1805, by James Gillray a propos of a peace overture from Napoleon

Background imageWorld Collection: Whole Earth at night, satellite image

Whole Earth at night, satellite image
Whole Earth map at night, satellite image. Here, Africa is seen at centre. City lights (yellow) of increasing intensity show areas of increasing population

Background imageWorld Collection: 17th century world map

17th century world map
World map, published around 1664 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by Dutch mapmaker Joan Blaeu (c.1599- 1673). The Latin title is Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula

Background imageWorld Collection: 1794, Delisle Map of Southern Ancient Greece, Greeks Isles, and Crete, topography

1794, Delisle Map of Southern Ancient Greece, Greeks Isles, and Crete, topography
1794, Delisle Map of Southern Ancient Greece, Greeks Isles, and Crete

Background imageWorld Collection: 1768, James Craig Map of New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, First Plan of New Town, topography

1768, James Craig Map of New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, First Plan of New Town, topography
1768, James Craig Map of New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, First Plan of New Town

Background imageWorld Collection: Earth from space, satellite image

Earth from space, satellite image
Earth from space. Satellite image showing North and South America as seen from 35, 000 kilometres above the Earths surface. North is at top and the Moon is at upper right

Background imageWorld Collection: Earths tectonic plates

Earths tectonic plates. Global map showing the boundaries of the tectonic plates that make up the Earths crust. The eight major plates are the: African Plate, Antarctic Plate, Indian Plate

Background imageWorld Collection: Oronce Fines world map, 1531

Oronce Fines world map, 1531
Oronce Fines world map. Map of the worlds northern and southern hemispheres by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555)

Background imageWorld Collection: Europe at night, satellite image

Europe at night, satellite image. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population. There are few lights in North Africa (bottom) and the Arctic (top) since they are more sparsely populated

Background imageWorld Collection: DCLI recruiting march, Carclew House, Mylor, Cornwall. Friday 2nd July 1915

DCLI recruiting march, Carclew House, Mylor, Cornwall. Friday 2nd July 1915
Soldiers of the Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry on the lawn in front of Carclew House, at ease during a recruitment march. Instruments of their military band are in the background

Background imageWorld Collection: 1886, Telescopic View and Map of the Moon, topography, cartography, geography, land

1886, Telescopic View and Map of the Moon, topography, cartography, geography, land
1886, Telescopic View and Map of the Moon

Background imageWorld Collection: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on a plant, sunbathing

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on a plant, sunbathing

Background imageWorld Collection: The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)

The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)
IMPERIALISM CARTOON, 1882. The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England) as the octopus of imperialism grabbing land on every continent

Background imageWorld Collection: STRABO WORLD MAP, c20 A. D. According to the writings of the Greek geographer Strabo

STRABO WORLD MAP, c20 A. D. According to the writings of the Greek geographer Strabo
STRABO WORLD MAP, c20 A.D. According to the writings of the Greek geographer Strabo: a 19th century reconstruction

Background imageWorld Collection: Charles Darwin, British naturalist

Charles Darwin, British naturalist
Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. Darwin had briefly studied medicine and then trained in the clergy, but his interest was in natural history

Background imageWorld Collection: North America at night, satellite image

North America at night, satellite image
Africa at night. Satellite image of the Earth at night, set against a background of stars, centred on the continent of Africa. North is at top. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population

Background imageWorld Collection: Earth, topographic and bathymetric map

Earth, topographic and bathymetric map. This whole Earth map is centred on the Greenwich meridian, at zero degrees latitude

Background imageWorld Collection: White pelicans at Walvis Bay in Namibia

White pelicans at Walvis Bay in Namibia
Two white pelicans at peace near the seashore at Walvis Bay in Namibia

Background imageWorld Collection: The beach at Alvor, Portugal

The beach at Alvor, Portugal
A colourful beach scene at the seaside town of Alvor. This is a town in the Algarve in Portugal

Background imageWorld Collection: Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London in WWII LFB150

Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London in WWII LFB150
Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London -- in the early hours of the morning, after a night of bombing

Background imageWorld Collection: Bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, WW2

Bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, WW2
Panoramic view of extensive bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, 14 November 1944, with ambulances ready to remove casualties from the scene

Background imageWorld Collection: VESPUCCIs WORLD MAP, 1526. Juan Vespuccis world map, 1526

VESPUCCIs WORLD MAP, 1526. Juan Vespuccis world map, 1526

Background imageWorld Collection: The Mappa Mundi of Fra Mauro, a Camaldolese monk from the monastery of San Michele in Murano, 1459

The Mappa Mundi of Fra Mauro, a Camaldolese monk from the monastery of San Michele in Murano, 1459
ALI75764 The Mappa Mundi of Fra Mauro, a Camaldolese monk from the monastery of San Michele in Murano, 1459 by Italian School, (15th century); Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy; Alinari

Background imageWorld Collection: On war Service for Thomas Oxley Ltd, Shiloh Wheel, Stanley Street, 1914

On war Service for Thomas Oxley Ltd, Shiloh Wheel, Stanley Street, 1914
An elephant and two camels doing Government Work for Messrs.. Oxley Ltd of Sheffield. A load consisting of three heavy boilers is being drawn along with comparative ease

Background imageWorld Collection: Neptune seen from its tiny, distant moon, Nereid

Neptune seen from its tiny, distant moon, Nereid

Background imageWorld Collection: Cave of Plato, Jan Saenredam, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, 1604

Cave of Plato, Jan Saenredam, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, 1604

Background imageWorld Collection: WORLD MAP, 11th CENTURY. The Cottonian or Anglo-Saxon World Map

WORLD MAP, 11th CENTURY. The Cottonian or Anglo-Saxon World Map

Background imageWorld Collection: BMW S1000RR

BMW S1000RR
Car Photo Library The Bike Photo Library: BMW

Background imageWorld Collection: Bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, WW2

Bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, WW2
Panoramic view of bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, 18 November 1944. Rubble and debris can be seen on both sides of the road

Background imageWorld Collection: Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2

Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2
Panoramic view of extensive bomb damage and a crater in Petherton Road, North London, 2 July 1944. A salvage operation took place, pumping out flooded basements

Background imageWorld Collection: WORLD MAP. Pre-Christian era, c450 B. C. according to the writings of Herodotus

WORLD MAP. Pre-Christian era, c450 B. C. according to the writings of Herodotus
WORLD MAP. Pre-Christian era, c450 B.C. according to the writings of Herodotus. A 19th century reconstruction

Background imageWorld Collection: 16th century world map

16th century world map
World map, published around 1565 in Venice, Italy, by Italian mapmaker Ferando Bertelli. The title of the map: Universale Descrittione di Tutta la Terra Conosciuta Fin Qui

Background imageWorld Collection: Sisyphus (chromolitho)

Sisyphus (chromolitho)
975904 Sisyphus (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sisyphus. French educational card, late 19th/early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageWorld Collection: 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley Stadium July 1966 England 4 v West Germany 2 Captain

1966 World Cup Final at Wembley Stadium July 1966 England 4 v West Germany 2 Captain Bobby Moore holds aloft the Jules Rimet trophy as he sits on the shoulders of his teammates They are L-R

Background imageWorld Collection: Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Background imageWorld Collection: map of the world 1882

map of the world 1882
map of the world - 1882

Background imageWorld Collection: Sunset at Uluru, Ayers Rock, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

Sunset at Uluru, Ayers Rock, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Background imageWorld Collection: Map of the world, 1720

Map of the world, 1720
(Original Caption) 18th century map of the world. Published in Paris in 1720, this French map shows the known world, including the new lands that had been discovered in the preceding centuries by

Background imageWorld Collection: Lascaux cave painting, Bordeaux, France (photo)

Lascaux cave painting, Bordeaux, France (photo)
KW1078074 Lascaux cave painting, Bordeaux, France (photo); (add.info.: Bordeaux, Gironde Department, Aquitaine, France. Exact facsimile of a painting from the Lascaux cave exhibited in the Musee d)

Background imageWorld Collection: Sika deer, Spotted Deer or Japanese Deer (Cervus nippon), stag

Sika deer, Spotted Deer or Japanese Deer (Cervus nippon), stag



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"Exploring the Vastness: A Journey through the World" Embarking on a historical voyage, we delve into the depths of time with Al-Idrisi's world map from 1154. This ancient cartographic masterpiece unveils the intricate knowledge and curiosity that shaped our understanding of the world. As dusk descends upon Uluru, Ayers Rock in Australia, nature paints a breathtaking canvas with hues of orange and pink. The sunset at this sacred site reminds us of Earth's awe-inspiring beauty and its ability to captivate our senses. Traveling back to 1886, we uncover Walter Crane's map showcasing the vast expanse of the British Empire. It serves as a reminder of an era when nations sought to expand their influence across continents, leaving lasting imprints on history. In Namibia's Walvis Bay, white pelicans gracefully glide over shimmering waters. Their presence symbolizes harmony within nature and highlights how diverse ecosystems coexist harmoniously in different corners of our planet. The scars left by war are etched into Brampton Road in Bexleyheath from World War II bombings. These remnants serve as poignant reminders that peace is fragile and must be cherished above all else. A satirical cartoon by James Gillray takes us back to 1805 when Napoleon Bonaparte attempted peace negotiations with British Prime Minister William Pitt. Depicting them carving up the world like plumb pudding, it humorously portrays political power struggles amidst global affairs. Revving engines echo as BMW S1000RR motorcycles race against time, embodying human innovation and pushing boundaries beyond what was once thought possible – reminding us that progress knows no bounds. Al-Idrisi's Tabula Rogeriana transports us further back to medieval times when maps were meticulously hand-drawn for Sicilian King Roger II. This remarkable piece showcases early geographical knowledge while highlighting cultural exchange between civilizations.