This completely imaginary plan of Jerusalem is based on the work of Juan Bautista Villalpando (1552 1608), whose map of the Holy City appeared in the commentary to Ezekiel co-written by Villalpando and Hieronymus Prado in 1604. Among the sources that influenced this vision of the city were the writings of Josephus. The principal features of the city are the Temple Mount in the center of the map and City of David, a walled enclosure, seen here in the southwestern corner (upper left) of the city.
The nine square courtyards
within the Temple court are based on Villalpandos interpretation
of Ezekiels prophecy of a Third Holy Temple. Surrounding the city
walls are the encampments of the armies that besieged Jerusalem throughout
the course of history. The entire map is surrounded by twelve vignettes
relating to the Temple of Solomon.