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Le Plan Scénographique de Lyon c. 1550 is a giant axonometric scenic map of the French city of Lyon created during the height of the French Renaissance. The complete map is 1.7 meters high by 2.2 meters wide and is composed from 25 copperplate-printed, laid-paper sheets, each 34x44cm on average. Probably the earliest detailed view of the city, Le Plan Scénographique was produced approximately between 1544 (identified as a principal year of the survey drawings) and 1553 (after which date some built structures depicted in the map are known to have no longer existed). The map is presented as WSW-facing, but it is not spatially accurate and the compass directionality is not consistent.

Because the map is both very large and very detailed, the 2.5 gigapixel image published here is many times larger than most digitized historical maps available on the Web, allowing viewers to zoom in and view details at a high resolution (~384 pixels per centimeter of the original). The scale bar accurately shows the real-world measurements of the original map in centimeters. To view the original map at it's approximate real-world dimensions, set the zoom level to ~32%. the 1876 facsimilé is approximately the same size as the original. The other four derivative maps are significantly smaller and therefore the ruler is not accurate for those maps and they will appear very blurry when closely zoomed in on.

Upon mouseover, the three blue circle icons in the lower left (visible at less than 2% zoom) will bring up spatially-accurate maps detailing the 1550 map's area that should be self-explanatory (the images can take a few seconds to download).

Note that the map itself may appear blurry temporarily as the site waits for the images showing a particular area and zoom level to download (dependent on the server speed and your Internet connection). To accelerate the loading of the part of the map you are currently looking at, I have found that it often helps to reload the page at its current view (the url address contains the current XYZ coordinates, so the map will not reset).

Click here to view the map(s) without any added captions for religious buildings or floatover GIFs.

Visit to learn more about the history of the map and this project.