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The megalithic temples of Malta

Among other things to history, the Maltese archipelago is still world famous for the fact that the oldest man-made structures on Earth are located in these places. This is the megalithic temples. The man, who had never encountered such prehistoric monuments, often raises a number of questions: what kind of temples such as their, where, for what purpose were erected? Let’s start from the very beginning that there is a megalith in General?

In simple terms, is any religious building, built of huge semi-finished or rough boulders, among which are the dolmens (funerary box, covered with a massive flat slab), and menhirs (separately from each other standing stones) and cromlechs (circular fence).

Here are cromlechs megaliths. The best known among the cromlechs are considered to be in the world of Carnac (France) and Stonehenge (England) is, but the Maltese buildings are older, they also differ in “accuracy” — on the territory, comparable to a small European city located more than twenty temples. Continue reading

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

Mystical places of Kiev

The main post office on Maidan Nezalezhnosti . Before the revolution, on the site of the present Post office number 1 lived the bourgeois Dyakonov. In her apartment was a scene of unusual things — the unknown force was moving the furniture around and threw pillows. The woman called the police, and the registered: in the house — poltergeist! So he became almost the first in Europe registered a Ghost. And in 1989 the new portico of the General post office, decorated 13 granite pillars, collapsed on the heads of visitors. 13 people were killed… people say that without the evil forces there has not been.

Gargoyle . The facade of the house on Bolshaya Zhitomirskaya street, 8 decorated with gargoyle — draconiana snake. According to the legend, the creature lived in France, in the Seine river, spewing water over the boat and flooded the house. If you look at the Chimera from the bottom up, it seems that she slyly grins. They say the home owner, tradesman Rogovsky, was fond of the Ouija sessions, and accompanied them in the room next door with a mythical creature.

Richard’s Castle . This is the house number 15 on Andrew descent. The castle was built in the early XX century. The owner of a site, the contractor Orlov, died in few years after construction. New residents are unable to live in this building — from the vent pipe came the bloodcurdling howl, which decided that the house is cursed and haunted by ghosts. Continue reading

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