Culture: Editoria Mare fest celebrates mapmaker Piri Reis

500th birthday of Ottoman admiral's atlas, in Gaeta April 27

25 April, 11:38

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 25 - Ongoing in the coastal Italian city of Gaeta, the 2nd International Sea Publishing Festival celebrates the 500th anniversary of great Turkish mapmaker Piri Reis' atlas, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage work.

    Muhiddin Piri Ibn Mehmet (who took the name Piri Reis upon becoming admiral of the Ottoman fleet) created the world map in 1513. It is housed in the Topkapi Palace library in Istanbul. In its honor, Turkish and Italian experts will gather at a festival conference on Saturday April 27.

    Known as the Piri Reis World Map, this document is the most accurate 16th-century atlas and a milestone in the history of modern map-making, as well as one of the first attempts to chart the entire world including the Americas.

    Conference speakers will include Admiral Paolo Bembo (editor of Naval League magazine), Gregory McIntosh (vice president of the Californian Map Society, and an expert on ancient cartography and on Piri Reis), Costantino Marconi (ENEA researcher in the Antarctic), Antonio Ventura (historian and essayist), Simone Bozzato (secretary general of the Italian Geographic Society), Celal Sengoer (professor at Istanbul Technical University), Captain Erdogan Imsek from the Turkish Naval Forces Command in Ankara (an expert on ancient cartography and on Piri Reis) and Gulsah Celiker (who directed the documentary Piri Reis, Mapmaker of the World).

    The event is part of the Yacht Med Festival, ongoing through April 28. (ANSAmed).

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