Every town, every place and every person has a history.
Maps reflect the appearance of ever-changing towns, and maps from the past capture those transitions. Walking around a neighborhood becomes a whole new experience when you learn the historical paths of the place. What the scenery expresses becomes richer when you notice vestiges of the past and visualize how people once lived their daily lives. By pondering the creativity and will the mapmaker put into a map—and how the map was used—you can understand the map’s depths. What fascinates people most about ancient maps might be that these maps created for practical purposes continue to have value as guides, even after their mission as maps has been completed. We hope that becoming familiar with ancient maps will unravel the past of these neighborhoods, and serve as a catalyst and means for thinking about the future of the place.