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Piri Reis (about 1465 1554 or 1555) was an Ottoman-Turkish admiral and cartographer. He is primarily known today for his maps and charts collected in his Kitab-ı Bahriye (Book of Navigation), a book which contains detailed information on navigation as well as extremely accurate charts describing the important ports and cities of the Mediterranean Sea. He gained fame as a cartographer when a small part of his first world map (prepared in 1513) was discovered in 1929 at Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. The most surprising aspect was the presence of the Americas on an Ottoman map, making it the first Turkish map ever drawn of the Americas. The most striking characteristic of the first world map (1513) of Piri Reis, however, is the level of accuracy in positioning the continents (particularly the relation between Africa and South America) which was unparalleled for its time. Even maps drawn decades later did not have such accurate positioning and proportions; a quality which can be observed in other maps in Kitab-ı Bahriye). Some scholars, including Prof. Charles H. Hapgood, have argued that the Piri Reis map might also be the oldest surviving map of Antarctica despite being drawn more than 3 centuries before the official discovery of that continent.

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This was taken at Panora, a large shopping mall, where it is forbidden to take photos. I didn't know that, and hardly had I taken a few shots when the security guard politely warned me not to. You can see the full map in the ws.

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