Japanese legends and in particular according to the epic “Kojiki” Jimmu was the great-grandson of the sun goddess and that’s why it is not only the founder of the Japanese state, and the second after the celestial. With the help of the divine origin of the rulers of ancient Japan was trying to exalt the Royal power and to unite the country. Just as the Japanese Empire claims the title of oldest state on Earth, and of the Imperial house of Japan can rightfully claim the title of oldest in the world. If you believe the legends, the current dynasty has ruled the Country of the rising sun more than 2600 years. Such longevity can only envy. The ruling dynasty of European and other countries are much younger. The oldest in Europe – Danish, for example, traces its origins back to the year 899, i.e. has a little more than 1100 years.
However, the existence of the first 25 emperors Japanese historians have serious doubts. The first Emperor whose existence is well documented, was Keitai (507-531), 26-th. In any case, even the biggest skeptics admit that the Japanese monarchy is not less than one and a half thousand years, which still makes it the oldest on the planet. Continue reading
The culmination of the development of medieval European art is restrained mystical Gothic style, which replaced the lush extravagance of the Romanesque style. Bright mosaic stained glass Windows, soaring spires of the needles, the glow of gold, expression, a Symphony of harmonious combination of light, glass and stone – can be figuratively characterized the Gothic style in the interior. The term “Gothic” appeared in Sunny Italy during the Renaissance. So ironically the Romans called the primitive barbaric cultures of the passing into oblivion of the middle ages. First, the word “Gothic” was used in literature when the author wanted to somewhat ironic to denote in the text distorted Latin. Later Gothic became a definite architectural style, which in a nutshell can be called eerily majestic.
To reproduce in modern homes the Gothic style is not so easy, but its individual elements are often used when creating projects of country houses. Continue reading
The ruins found by divers at the turn of 1980-1990-ies, immediately became the subject of fierce dispute, which was attended by both historians and geologists.
Despite the strict plane right arc and perfectly straight parallel edges of elements of the complex entirely carved into the rock, most scientists persistently called this building “bizarre game of natural natural processes”.
The main reason is quite simple: by the most rough calculations, this complex could rise above the water surface not less than 10 thousand years ago, when the water level in the oceans was 40 meters below present. Continue reading