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1492 is not just remembered for Christopher Columbus. The oldest surviving terrestrial globe also dates from that year. Made by Martin Behaim, a Nuremberg merchant, it is known as the "Erdapfel" (i.e. potato) and is now on display in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.
However, the origin of globes dates much further back. Crates of Mallos is believed to have made the first terrestrial globe in about 150 BC. The fascination with a representation of the earth that is simultaneously true to shape, area, angle and length has remained unchanged to this day.
We would like to recommend two important and extraordinary examples of cartographic marvels to you.