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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About the mysterious circles on the fields
For many centuries the human mind concerned with the mystery of the appearance of unusual drawings in the margins in different parts of the world. What do they mean? Who…

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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 round arches, massive walls and small Windows, typical of Gothic arches with a pointed top, a narrow and high towers and columns, the richly decorated facade with carved details (winery, tympanum, archivolt) and multicolor stained glass Lancet Windows. All the style elements that emphasize the vertical.

In Gothic architecture distinguish 3 stages of development: early, Mature (high Gothic), and late.

The Church of the monastery of Saint-Denis, designed by Abbot Suger, is considered the first Gothic architectural structure. In its construction were removed many pillars and interior walls, and the Church has become more graceful look compared to Romanesque “fortress of God”. As a sample, in most cases, took the chapel Send-Chapelle in Paris. Continue reading

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

The most dangerous buildings in the world

1. The hanging temple, China

The hanging temple or hanging monastery is situated on a cliff with a height of about 75 meters in the area of mount Heng in Shanxi province. The structure was built during the Northern Wei dynasty (386-557) and has a history of over 1400 years.

2. Castle Lichtenstein, Germany

Lichtenstein castle is situated on a cliff in the Swabian Alps, Baden-württemberg, Germany, at an altitude of 817 metres. Historically, there was located the old castle, but it collapsed after damage during the war in 1311 and was restored by Duke Wilhelm Urach in 1840-1842. Continue reading

The mystery of lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and one of the most mysterious. What lurks in the depths of the lake? How did the salt…

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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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