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The pearl of European Gothic

The idea of a unified architectural plan, which built all the Gothic churches, raised for the first time, it seems, by Victor Hugo in “Notre Dame de Paris”, right, not demanded from its author’s great analytical depth. This idea lies on the surface, obvious to anyone who visited a number of iconic buildings of Gothic architecture. Nevertheless, the impression on “all ye who enter here incoming” all of them are different, and some do not produce any. All of the people, the skeletons of which are also virtually indistinguishable from each other.

On what basis is the Prague St. Vitus Cathedral is considered one of the greatest Gothic churches in the world? For its size it will not, perhaps, in the list of the first fifty of them. Its interior decoration and especially the stained glass Windows really make a strong impression, but also their unique, after all, difficult to call. In particular, the stained glass chapel of Saint-Chapelle in Paris, at least, not worse. Then what? This question must, apparently, to meet the professionals – architects or art historians, the majority of the “uninitiated” so, the only conclusion ultra-high concentration in this structure, the basic concept of Gothic architecture: “awesome greatness”. Continue reading

Ancient underground structures

The sanctuary, close to Mayak, which was excavated in the Northern Caucasus, in early medieval Bulgaria. All of them are built on the principle of “square in square”, that is, inside a large rectangular or square structures there is less, if a rectangular square shape, inside of which a fire was burning. This is one of the characteristic traditions of the Turkic religious buildings where worship of fire, sun, light has occupied an important place.

In 1988 in the study of Vlasov Second burial ground of the bronze age and early iron age, situated 2 miles North of the village of Vlasivka of Gribanovsky area of the Voronezh region (excavations by A. T. Sinica and D. V. Berezutsky) revealed very interesting and totally unique building – underground labyrinth, construction area of about 254 square meters (the scheme ). Continue reading

Pandora’s box is Old-the Peterhof channel

The article LADOGA CANALS was shown one of the massive artificial water systems of Russia 18-19 centuries of the Issues associated with its construction was not enough. For example: the true number of workers in the construction of both channels; the presence/absence of mechanization; lack of photographs of works in paving Novoladozhsky canal in the 19th century. the need for duplication of the old canal, etc. And there is even a version that is all the restoration of the former channels, more ancient.

After all, looking at this map:

we see that the Ladoga canal in the area of the modern town (on the map it is called nöteborg or Nut), out in the Vyborg district, and then out through the Gulf of Finland to the South-West to Koporye. Maybe try to look for it on Google maps? Continue reading

Gothic style - Gothic style in the interior
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…

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Gothic architecture of Prague
Prague architecture is a huge range of styles, but it is not surprising, since the city was created over many centuries. Then there are the palaces, castles, houses that embody…

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Pandora's box is Old-the Peterhof channel
The article LADOGA CANALS was shown one of the massive artificial water systems of Russia 18-19 centuries of the Issues associated with its construction was not enough. For example: the…

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