Mapping Luxembourg (www.mapping‐luxembourg.lu) is an innovative visual tool for taking a look at the history of the Grand Duchy's capital. It is a creation of the Luxembourg City History Museum (Musée d'histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, MHVL) and the National Archives which displays historical maps and views against a backdrop of the present-day urban topography.
The site is based on the Google Maps aerial view of the city of Luxembourg. On the projection, fifty historic buildings and thirteen areas mapped between the 17th and early 20th centuries are marked with interactive tags, making it easy to find out about the historical topography and urban development.
Historical maps and present-day views to superpose
For each building, the site provides information about its history and a number of views from the 19th and 20th centuries. The marked areas enable visitors to superimpose a historical map on the present-day view of the city; it is then possible to make comparisons by moving on to other views or by enlarging them. Meticulous work has made it possible to georeference the old maps and street maps and adapt them to the present-day projection.
All of the historical documents on www.mapping-luxembourg.lu come from the collection of the National Archives, the Photothèque's collections and the Luxembourg City History Museum.
(Quelle: National Archives Luxembourg and Luxembourg City History Museum)