just precisely how bad was 1500s jerusalem at making maps, you ask? well,
To be fair, this map represented the ideology that Jerusalem was the center of the world spiritually rather than try to depict a geographically accurate map to navigate by. It’s also supposed to represent the holy Trinity.
((and actually, Israel was one of the main strategic areas in the ancient world since it connected Asia and Africa (and was very near Europe). The one who controlled the area controlled the trade route, which was vital for an empire. Even today, one of the theories as to why Russia is taking over Crimea is because of its port which doesn’t freeze in the winter and can be used for trade.))
so yeah tumblr please stop making assumptions all the time and actually look up what you’re posting about before making fun of things ok? ok
It is important to indicate that at those times, it was a common pattern of drawing maps; they were conceptual, and in no means an actual representation of the world as it was known.