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12th Century Collection

Step back in time to the 12th century, a period of great cultural and historical significance

Background image12th Century Collection: Al-Idrisis world map, 1154

Al-Idrisis world map, 1154
Al-Idrisis world map. This world map, known as the Tabula Rogeriana, dates from 1154, and is orientated with North at bottom

Background image12th Century Collection: The Hippocratic oath, Hippocrates code of ethical conduct for practitioners of medicine

The Hippocratic oath, Hippocrates code of ethical conduct for practitioners of medicine
HIPPOCRATIC OATH. The Hippocratic oath, Hippocrates code of ethical conduct for practitioners of medicine, written in the form of a cross. Byzantine ms. 12th century

Background image12th Century Collection: St. Andrews Castle and West Sands from St. Rules Tower at St. Andrews Cathedral, St

St. Andrews Castle and West Sands from St. Rules Tower at St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Sunrise with Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sunrise with Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Background image12th Century Collection: Lindisfarne Gospels page

Lindisfarne Gospels page
Beginning of the Book of Luke, Lindisfarne Gospels, 1100s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction

Background image12th Century Collection: THE VIRGIN OF VLADIMIR. Russian icon painted at Constantinople, c1131

THE VIRGIN OF VLADIMIR. Russian icon painted at Constantinople, c1131

Background image12th Century Collection: A 12th century Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Child, Aya Sofya

A 12th century Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Child, Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Map of England and France, 1154

Map of England and France, 1154
England and France at the accession of Henry II, 1154. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image12th Century Collection: Sunrise with Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sunrise with Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Background image12th Century Collection: Norman Keep, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Norman Keep, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Cefalu, Palermo district, Sicily, Italy, Mediterranean, Europe

Cefalu, Palermo district, Sicily, Italy, Mediterranean, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Eltz Castle in autumn, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, Europe

Eltz Castle in autumn, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Angevin kings holdings in France and Britain

Angevin kings holdings in France and Britain
British Isles and France under the Angevins, 1100s-1400s. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image12th Century Collection: Mosaic of Empress Zoe, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Mosaic of Empress Zoe, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Mappa Mundi by Sawley or Enrico di Magonza, ink and colors on parchment, 12th Century

Mappa Mundi by Sawley or Enrico di Magonza, ink and colors on parchment, 12th Century
Cartography, 12th century. Mappa Mundi, Medieval world map by Sawley or Enrico di Magonza, from the end of the 12th century. Ink and colors on parchment, 29.5 x 20.5 cm

Background image12th Century Collection: Gatehouse, Durham Castle, University College, Durham, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Gatehouse, Durham Castle, University College, Durham, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Digitally colored engraving

Background image12th Century Collection: St. Michaels gold-domed cathedral, Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine, Europe

St. Michaels gold-domed cathedral, Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Cefalu, Palermo district, Sicily, Italy, Mediterranean, Europe

Cefalu, Palermo district, Sicily, Italy, Mediterranean, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Ogmore Castle, Bridgend, Wales, U. K

Ogmore Castle, Bridgend, Wales, U. K
Ogmore Castle, Bridgend, Wales, U.K

Background image12th Century Collection: NORWAY: BORGUND CHURCH. Stave church, probably built in the 12th century, at Borgund, Norway

NORWAY: BORGUND CHURCH. Stave church, probably built in the 12th century, at Borgund, Norway. Wood engraving, 1857

Background image12th Century Collection: Fountains Abbey, UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Ripon, North Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey, UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Borgund Stave Church, Norway

Borgund Stave Church, Norway
Borgund Stave Church, the best preserved 12th century stave church in the country, Borgund, Western Fjords, Norway, Scandinavia, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury (coloured engraving)

St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury (coloured engraving)
972878 St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: St Dunstan (909-988), Archbishop of Canterbury

Background image12th Century Collection: Tintern Abbey, Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Tintern Abbey, Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Christmas tree, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Paris, France, Europe

Christmas tree, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Paris, France, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: MAP OF EUROPE, 12th CENTURY. A 19th century map of Europe as it was politically constituted in

MAP OF EUROPE, 12th CENTURY. A 19th century map of Europe as it was politically constituted in the 12th century

Background image12th Century Collection: ADORATION OF MAGI. Late 12th century or early 13th century French manuscript illumination

ADORATION OF MAGI. Late 12th century or early 13th century French manuscript illumination

Background image12th Century Collection: T wo of 216 smiling sandstone faces at 12th century Bayon, King Jayavarman VII s

T wo of 216 smiling sandstone faces at 12th century Bayon, King Jayavarman VII s
T wo of 216 smiling sandstone faces at 12th century Bayon, King Jayavarman VIIs last temple in Angkor Thom, Angkor, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background image12th Century Collection: Carrickfergus Castle & Harbour, Co Antrim, Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle & Harbour, Co Antrim, Ireland

Background image12th Century Collection: Scenic view of Dubrovnik, Croatia, Europe

Scenic view of Dubrovnik, Croatia, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Tewkesbury Abbey reflected in water at dusk, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England

Tewkesbury Abbey reflected in water at dusk, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Llansteffan Castle, Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Llansteffan Castle, Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

Background image12th Century Collection: Mongol conqueror. Chinese silk album leaf, Yuan Dynasty

Mongol conqueror. Chinese silk album leaf, Yuan Dynasty
GENGHIS KHAN (1162-1227). Mongol conqueror. Chinese silk album leaf, Yuan Dynasty

Background image12th Century Collection: The 12th century Llangwyfan church on small tidal island reflected in calm sea

The 12th century Llangwyfan church on small tidal island reflected in calm sea. Porth Cwyfan. Aberffraw. Anglesey, North Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: McDermotts Castle sits on Lough Key or Castle Island in County Roscommon

McDermotts Castle sits on Lough Key or Castle Island in County Roscommon
Mist at sunrise at McDermotts Castle on Lough Key or Castle Island in County Roscommon, Connacht, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Church of the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, early 20th century(?)

Church of the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, Hampshire, early 20th century(?). The church of the oldest charitable institution of Britain, almshouses founded in the 12th century. From Winchester

Background image12th Century Collection: Cathedral, Giovinazzo, Bari district, Puglia, Italy, Europe

Cathedral, Giovinazzo, Bari district, Puglia, Italy, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Prasat Preah Khan temple ruins, Angkor, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siem Reap Province

Prasat Preah Khan temple ruins, Angkor, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background image12th Century Collection: St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Blockley, a traditional village in The Cotswolds

St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Blockley, a traditional village in The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Tintern Abbey, founded by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow, in 1131, Tintern, Monmouthshire

Tintern Abbey, founded by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow, in 1131, Tintern, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Priory Gardens and Priory Church of St. Peter, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Priory Gardens and Priory Church of St. Peter, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background image12th Century Collection: Frederick I Barbarossa Holy Roman Emperor

Frederick I Barbarossa Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick I Barbarossa (1122-1190), King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor. Born in Swabia in southern Germany, Frederick succeeded his father as Duke in 1147

Background image12th Century Collection: Dryburgh Abbey, c1850

Dryburgh Abbey, c1850. Located on the banks of the River Tweed, Scotland, the abbey was founded in 1152 by Premonstratensian monks. From Old Englands Worthies, London, c1850

Background image12th Century Collection: JAPAN: TALE OF GENJI. Niou-no-miya and the sixth daughter of Prince Genji shown

JAPAN: TALE OF GENJI. Niou-no-miya and the sixth daughter of Prince Genji shown on their wedding night in a scene from the Tale of Genji. Scroll drawing, Japanese, 12th century

Background image12th Century Collection: Mosaic of Jesus blessing and holding the Bible, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Mosaic of Jesus blessing and holding the Bible, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe




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Step back in time to the 12th century, a period of great cultural and historical significance. Explore the world through Al-Idrisi's remarkable map from 1154, which showcases an intricate understanding of geography for its time. Witness the birth of medical ethics with Hippocrates' code of conduct, symbolized by a cross-shaped manuscript from Byzantine manuscripts. As dawn breaks over Siem Reap, Cambodia, marvel at the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex standing tall against the vibrant sky. Turn your attention to the Lindisfarne Gospels page and immerse yourself in exquisite medieval artistry that tells stories of faith and devotion. Behold a breathtaking mosaic depicting the Virgin Mary and Child at Aya Sofya, a testament to Byzantine craftsmanship and religious reverence. Delve into history with St Dunstan's colored engraving, capturing an influential figure who shaped Canterbury as Archbishop. Gaze upon "The Virgin of Vladimir, " an iconic Russian painting originating from Constantinople in 1131; it exudes spiritual beauty that transcends time. Trace the Angevin kings' vast holdings across France and Britain—a reminder of their power during this era. Journey to Cardiff Castle nestled within Bute Park in Wales—its walls whisper tales of knights and noble heritage. In Scotland's St Andrews Cathedral, stand atop St Rules Tower for panoramic views encompassing both St Andrews Castle and West Sands beach—an awe-inspiring sight indeed. Discover Norman architecture at Cardiff Castle's Keep—a formidable structure that has stood strong throughout centuries past. And finally, lose yourself amidst nature's splendor as you wander through Eltz Castle during autumn in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany—an enchanting escape into medieval charm. The 12th century beckons us with its rich tapestry woven by diverse cultures across continents—a captivating era where art flourished alongside scientific advancements while kingdoms rose and fell. Step into this extraordinary epoch where history comes alive, and let its wonders transport you to a time long gone.