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
Cologne Cathedral (Cologne Cathedral)
This Cathedral is not only one of the most famous Catholic shrines in Germany and the landmark of the city for many centuries. Since 1880, when finished to build the spires, until 1884, the Church was the tallest building in the world. Although she lost the title of tallest building to the Washington monument, however, is still the tallest Church built in the Gothic style.
I started to build a Shrine on the site of a former Roman temple in the 13th century and completed after 600 years. The Cathedral was built in honor of the virgin Mary and the Apostle Peter. Here is the biggest Shrine in Western Europe – the sarcophagus with the relics of the Magi. Carried a gilded sarcophagus from Milan.
Aachen Cathedral (Aachen Cathedral)
The oldest in Northern Europe, the Cathedral has the name of the Cathedral of the Empire. Its construction began in the distant year 786 architect by the name of Charlemagne (Charlemagne). When, in 814 year the architect died, his remains were buried in the Cathedral in a private chapel. Continue reading
Mysterious structures — copony
Imagine a densely populated Japan, where every piece of land is gold. And on this territory there are places where no man had trod for hundreds of years. These places are called copany.
Kofun — is an ancient burial emperors in Japanese — barrow. Classic kofun has the shape of a keyhole, around which dug a water-filled moat, and sometimes even two.
1. Japanese kofun, originates from the ancient tombs of China. The name of the kofun are megalithic tombs, for example Ishibutai kofun. In the narrow sense of the kofun is the burial of partially elongated shape, common in Japan between the 2nd half of the III century BC and the first half of the seventh century BC From this term comes the name of the Kofun period (300-538 years), which is part of the Yamato period in Japanese history. Continue reading