Ever wondered what was standing in the place of the European Parliament 200 years ago when you were smoozing on Place Lux? No? Me neither but it’s definitely something I’ll ponder next time I am there.

The ‘Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique’ has put  a map online of Belgium drawn by Comte de Ferraris back in 1777 which became famous in the map-addict circles for being the first modern map based on mathematical calculations. Honestly, the precision of the map and the quality of the drawings is quite astonishing and deserves a quick gaze.

Compare it to Google maps and you could hardly tell which one is more precise. One bad point though: de Ferraris’ one doesn’t have the street view…

– Maxime

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