The Beauty of Maps is a documentary series charting the visual appeal and historical meaning of maps.
This episode is all about the Hereford Mappa Mundi, the largest intact Medieval wall map in the world. Its ambition is breathtaking – to picture all of human knowledge in a single image. The work of a team of artists, the world it portrays is overflowing with life, featuring Classical and Biblical history, contemporary buildings and events, animals and plants from across the globe, and the infamous ‘monstrous races’ which were believed to inhabit the remotest corners of the Earth. Segment 1 (10 min)