Cappadocia (Turkey) – ancient underground cities of the II century
Centuries-old cones crowned with huge stones, as if specially put on top. The locals have given many of them romantic names. For example, a valley of stone mushrooms are referred…

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The most beautiful castles of the world
The most beautiful castles in the world are our memories of fairy tales from my childhood — with kings, knights and princesses. And how cool is ever to be in…

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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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Cyclopean structures of antiquity

Cyclops or Ciclope (Κύκλωπες), in Greek mythology born of Uranus and Gaia, the titans, the personification of storm clouds with lightning, symbolic way, which is a single large glowing eye of giants (Cyclops, in Greek language, means Krugloye). On the relation of the Cyclops to the atmospheric phenomenon of a thunderstorm indicate their names: Bronte (βροντή thunder), Strop (στεροπή — lightning) and Arges (άργής — flash). The hostile attitude to the father, they were cast down to the abyss of the earth (Hesiod, Theogony, 139-146). At the heart of this myth lies the idea of the disappearance in the land of lightning, cutting through clouds and air. Through their mediation Cronus defeated Uranus, and then they helped Zeus defeat Cronus; Zeus was using made the lightning and thunder arrows. In addition, the Cyclops, being skilful Smiths, forged the Poseidon — a Trident and a manger for his horses Hades helmet of invisibility, Artemis silver bow and arrow (Apollodorus, I, 2, 1). When Zeus struck lightning Apollo’s son, Asclepius, Apollo, angry at the Cyclops because they were in fact accomplices of Zeus, slew them (Apollodorus, III, 10, 3-4). Continue reading

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Ancient Rome in Rome. Underground the Eternal city
Rome. How amazing and unexplored conceals the Eternal city! Rome is a secret, a mystery, trying to guess which has been more than a Millennium. Today we are facing a…

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Gothic architecture
The Gothic style mainly manifested in the architecture of temples, cathedrals, churches, monasteries. Developed on the basis of the Romanesque, or rather Burgundian architecture. Unlike the Romanesque style with its…

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