mprove design 2018 - 2023

A map says to you, ‘Read me carefully,
follow me closely, doubt me not.’
It says, ‘I am the earth in the palm of your hand.
Without me, you are alone and lost.’
– Beryl Markham, West with the Night /via

Chronoscope World is a time machine to explore the history of the world by browsing maps dating back to 14th century B.C. More than 4,400 high-resolution maps can be displayed in a maps application on the correct geo location.

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Watch the demo to get a quick introduction:

The search command finds the best fitting maps for the current view port. Results are presented as previews on a map table:

All outlines can be displayed at once for a fast overview. Filters can be applied for a time interval, the map scale or the library’s signature:

Jessica Kirsten: Looking for some stuff of a certain area along the Alster many many years back,
I am thoroughly enjoying this a-ma-zing archive of old Hamburg city maps!!!

More detailed info is available at the Time Traveler’s Help Page.


ChronoAtlas is a web portal to access the meta data for historical maps in the collection of Leibnitz Institut für Länderkunde in specific. You can search and filter for any kind of information.

About Chronoscope World v2.13 (Jan 2023)

Chronoscope World is based on Chronoscope Hamburg by broadening the perspective to the entire planet and by incorporating approx. 1,200 historical maps of the Leibniz Institut für Länderkunde IfL. Several libraries have digitized and opened up their map collections, and provide means to use the maps inside the Chronoscope. As a result more than 4,000 high-quality maps from more than 42 institutions have been made available.

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Monetary Support

The historic time rides provided by the Chrono Research Lab are a free service by Matthias Müller-Prove. On the other hand this means that I do have some expenses on traveling across centuries. You can support this trip by donating a little tip:

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