The Gothic quarter

10 most weird and mysterious places on the planet
Eye Of The Sahara, Mauritania Mauritania is a strange concentric richat Structure . Richat geological formation located in the Mauritanian part of the Sahara desert. Locals call it the Eye…

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Ani is an ancient city in Turkey
Ani is an ancient city, which in the past was the capital of the state Indiiskogo. At the moment, as such city does not exist, there are only remains of…

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Megalithic structures
Ancient stone structures, or megaliths (from the Greek. megas - large and lithos - stone) – the prehistoric monuments, presumably of a religious character, which are built of huge unwrought…

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Cologne Cathedral

If we lived that way in the nineteenth century, to see the tallest building in the world, we would have to go to Germany, namely in Cologne, where is one of the most magnificent and famous Gothic cathedrals in the world – Cologne Cathedral. Cologne Cathedral, among other things, one of the most famous long-term construction of the world – its construction lasted almost seven centuries. Its history begins in 1248, it was then the Archbishop of the city of Conrad von Hochstaden laid the first stone in the Foundation of the Cathedral. I must say that at that time, Cologne was one of the most powerful, both financially and politically, cities, and the construction of the Cathedral was to confirm the status of the city as in the country and across Europe. Continue reading

The most unusual architectural projects

We have prepared for you a list of the most unusual architectural projects: from “the curve house” in Poland to an office building in the form of picnic baskets in the United States.

Aussie Ian Strange recently completed his project for the Biennial of Australian Art: the house that fell from the sky, referring the audience to the story of the wizard of Oz. Currently creative work can be seen around the Art gallery of South Australia. Ian Strange has tried to make the house as realistic as possible, after even the smallest details.

French architect and designer Jean-François Fourtou loves to surprise the audience with their extraordinary ideas. For example, in the framework of the project titled “fallen from the sky” (Morocco) he designed upside-down house. Incidentally, within this structure the viewer enters this tale is another, inverted world! Continue reading

The Gothic Cathedral

The Gothic Cathedral attracts your desire up in the mountain gave, they have not seen your beautiful eyes that have not read the hands of your lines of destiny that have not heard the speeches of your honey, no more gentle, nectar, gods only Ipatovo, sweeter thy blood, they don’t taste the nectar that scared of the pain your whole being I became, and soon they would be gone for good spells and healers of the body and that can not see the soul, rest for them to century and let them fall silent lips, that you praise me, but don’t go silence of the wind, what with you in love is not played, and will always love, not that we met, learned, itself we quickly ran to bring his strength as she took the top and quietly listened, her grief poured out in tears. And flowers bloomed luxuriantly in her poisonous thorns. Celestial heights and didn’t know what to do with you and me. They b in the beginning were laughing, Yes we stole their faces with joy. They’d played with us, we tore off the hands, they would kill us, Yes we stole their flour. And now, without joy, hands and minds, puppets only catchy in the eternal; the gods do not have enough minds to take away the humanity. And people will come up with them the joy, the arms and cunning, and we run away from them – they erode tenderness thresholds. Continue reading

Characteristic of the architecture of Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt, marked the beginning of architecture, was a country without scaffolding. The tree was also small, as in other oases of the African deserts, the vegetation — palm trees, giving a tree of poor quality, and cane. All this was largely determined by the fact that the main building materials were sun-dried Adobe brick and stone, mainly limestone in the Nile valley, as well as Sandstone and granite. The stone was used mainly for tombs and graves, while the bricks went to building palaces, fortresses, buildings in the vicinity of temples and cities, as well as auxiliary structures for temples. Ancient Egyptian houses were built of mud in the Nile. It was left in the sun to dry out and become suitable for construction. Many Egyptian cities have not survived to our days, as located in the zone of flooding of the Nile, the level of which was rising every Millennium, in the end, many towns were flooded, or dirt, used for construction, became fertilizer for the peasant fields. Continue reading

Gothic ornament in architecture

Gothic ornament was diverse and symbolic. Continue to use the converted ancient and Byzantine motifs, but along with them are biased towards new themes.

Straightforward geometric shapes moving in a curvilinear weave. In addition to geometric ornamental constructions and reproduce the shape of Lancet arches, spherical triangles and quadrilaterals widely used plant forms of the local flora that is characteristic ornamentation of the era – grape leaves, thistles, oak, ivy, clover, roses, etc. Widespread motif of the trefoil and dvuletnee. Later forms of thorns – bramble, Thistle, fern, etc.

The art of Gothic architecture was developed in synthesis with sculpture. The sculptural decoration of stylized motifs of acanthus and palmettes replaced all other vegetable forms. From the buds of the shoots early Gothic decorated floral motifs turned into a blossoming raspustitsya foliage ornament in the XIII century and is lush with flowers and fruit in the XIV century. Continue reading

Cathedrals and castles: building in Moscow Gothic
It seems that Moscow is very far from the European middle ages a mysterious, isn't it? But actually, the Gothic period in the development of medieval art of the XII-XVI…

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Abandoned Armenia: Karahunj
One of the most ancient megalithic constructions of the world Karahunj is located in Syunik province of Armenia, near the town of Sisian. Even with the tracks on a burnt…

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