Thursday, December 12, 2019

Mapping the History of Luxembourg

Luxatlas is an interactive map which visualizes the urban development of Luxembourg since the beginning of the 19th century. The atlas uses a number of historical vintage maps to explore the city's growth and development from an early 19th century fortress city to a large-scale, international metropolis of the 21st century.

Using Luxatlas you can explore how Luxembourg has changed over time by viewing a number of vintage maps dating from the 1820's right up to the modern day. You can also explore the history of the city by overlaying a number of historical layers on top of an OpenStreetMap view of the present city. These historical layers include the footprint of the fortress, historical buildings and important historical infrastructure. You can even click on individual buildings on the map to view information and photos of these historically important sites.

Luxatlas includes a history layer which provides information on the city's development over time. This layer includes potted histories of some of the most important eras in Luxembourg's development. These include an account of the city before the 16th century fortress was constructed, the period from the fortress' construction until its demolition in 1867 and the city's urban development up to the 1960's & its development since the 60's.

Luxatlas is a collaboration between the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg City History Museum. The project is ongoing and more maps, photographs, and historical information will be added to the site over the next two years.

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