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The beauty of maps

They show us more than the way from A to B – maps are important historical documents and some are stunning works of art.

Some of history's most brilliant examples are examined here in incredible detail, revealing the role of the artist, their influences and the impact of their creations on the art world.

The Hereford Mappa Mundi is the largest intact medieval wall map in the world. Having spent most of its long life at Hereford Cathedral, it rarely emerges from behind its glass case. After a year-long restoration project, a rare opportunity has risen to get close to the map and explore its extraordinary detail, giving a unique insight into the medieval mind.

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