[Under development] Le Plan Scénographique de Lyon c.1544-1550 is a giant axonometric scenic map of the French city of Lyon created during the height of the French Renaissance. The complete map is 1.7 meters high by 2.2 meters wide and is composed from 25 copperplate-printed, laid-paper sheets, each 34x44cm on average. Probably the earliest detailed view of the city, "Le 1550 Plan Scéno" was produced approximately between 1544 (identified as the principal date of the survey drawings) and 1553 (after which date some built structures depicted in the map are known to have no longer existed).

The scale bar accurately shows the real-world measurements of the original. Set the Zoom level to 32% to view the map at it's approximate real-world dimensions. Note that the view may temporarily appear blurry as it waits for the high-resolution images to download (dependent on Internet connection speed).
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  • 3D fly-over tour of the original 1550 map
  • Side-by-side comparison view of the original map with four historical derivatives (beta).

  • Map Sources

    Le Plan scénographique de Lyon vers 1550, Archives Municipales de Lyon, Lyon, 1990.

    "Lugdunum." Beschreibung vnd Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt [Civitates Orbis Terrarum]: 1574 (S. Online–Ressource). Braun, G., Hogenberg, F., & Novellanus, S. (1582). Cölln: Kempen. Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg.

    Le plan scénographique de Lyon au 16e siècle [1876 Facsimilé]. Inv. N 1675, Musée Gadagne (More information). Lyon, 1876.

    Carte de l'Ancienne Ville de Lyon. Tardieu, Nicolas Henri (1699) [pour Claude-François Ménestrier]. Source: gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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    Le Plan Scenographique de Lyon c. 1544-1550 is a digital project by Andrew Taylor licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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    Draws inspiration from numerous sources, especially three projects developed by the Archives Municipales de Lyon: Lyon en 1550, Forma urbis and Lyon 1562, capitale protestante.