Discover Ghent through historical maps: unveiling the past with Gent Gemapt

Our partners from the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities are proud to present their newest project: Ghent Mapped. The digital city map ‘Gent Gemapt’ stacks 20 historical maps and connects them to 4,000 places and 10,000 pieces of heritage. Collections and history that over time have become dispersed among museums, libraries, archives, associations and living rooms, come together again virtually. Reunited, they offer a multifaceted view of the city and its past. Go explore for yourself via and discover Ghent layer by layer, from the Middle Ages to today.

The cultural heritage project Gent Gemapt is a collaboration of Ghent University LibrarySTAM – Stadsmuseum GentHuis van AlijnIndustriemuseumArchief GentAmsab-Institute for Social HistoryLiberas and Erfgoedcel Gent. It was developed and coordinated by the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities at Ghent University, with support from CLARIAH-VL.

Example of the enriched map of Ghent Mapped

Want to know more?

  1. De Kaart” is the core of Ghent Gemapt. It is an innovative presentation platform that spatially unlocks the splendor of Ghent’s heritage collections. It allows you to search, zoom and scroll through time and space of the city.
  2. Gent Verrijkt” stands next to De Kaart and is the digital toolbox of Gent Gemapt. Here, museums and archives enlist the help of volunteers to help transcribe, date, describe and identify their collections.
  3. With the project, the heritage partners are innovating in digital technology. Gent Gemapt uses open source technology Omeka SMadocIIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework), Linked Open Data, and a new Ghent place register.
  4. Gent Gemapt is funded through a project grant from the Department of Culture, Youth and Media of the Flemish Government and through Clariah-Vlaanderen.
  5. After this launch, Gent Gemapt continues to grow and the partners continue to build on the heritage presentation and enrichment via
  6. Read About Gent Gemapt and About the project.

Cite this blog post
juliebirkholz (2023, June 20). Discover Ghent through historical maps: unveiling the past with Gent Gemapt. CLARIAH-VL. Retrieved June 23, 2024, from

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