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Location address: Italia, Venezia, Venezia
Number of texts: 2
The famous midieval world map of Fra Mauro, made around 1450, is hanging in the stairway of the Bibliotheca nazionale Marciana. South was at the top on this map. What’s also peculiar on this map (and maps from that time) is that the major southern tip of Africa was not on it. It was believed that one could go further east towards Asia from the Gulf of Guinea.
The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (English: National Library of St Mark’s) is a library and Renaissance building in Venice, northern Italy; it is one of the earliest surviving public manuscript depositories in the country, holding one of the greatest classical texts collections in the world. The library is named after St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice. It is not to be confused with the State Archive of the Republic of Venice, which is housed in a different part of the city.