Last Saturday, December 12, the conference Mapping the Ottoman Empire was held at the Royal Library in Brussels, Belgium. It was organized by the Brussels Map Circle, a top-notch club that includes map collectors, map dealers, map scholars and simply map lovers of all origins.
I wish I had time to write a proper report of the conference. As it is, I will have to content myself with just a few pictures of the event.
Partial view of the exhibition of Ottoman maps and maps of the Ottoman empire that was set up next to the conference room. Reproductions of manuscript Ottoman maps were shown alongside original printed maps brought in by members of the Circle.
An Ottoman map of Lepanto from the mid 16th century. Conquered by the Turks in 1499, Lepanto would become the site of a famous naval battle in 1571.
Emmanuel Vagnon starting her talk on a French cartographic expedition to Turkey in the 18th-century.
Caroline de Candt, president of the Brussels Map Circle, congratulates the five invited speakers.