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Gothic art

It is difficult to find the right words to describe impressions

of a Gothic Cathedral. They are high and reach for the sky infinite arrows

towers and turrets, visperhof, finials, pointed arches. But more striking

not so much height. how much wealth aspects. opening when

you circle around the Cathedral.

Gothic cathedrals are not only high, but also very long: for example

has a length of 130 meters and the length of the transept is 64 meters, and to

around it is required to pass at least half a kilometer. 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

The Gothic Cathedral

It is difficult to find the right words to describe impressions from the Gothic Cathedral. They are high and reach for the sky endless arrows of towers and turrets, visperhof, finials, pointed arches. But more striking is not how much height. how much wealth aspects. opening, when you circle around the Cathedral.

Gothic cathedrals are not only high, but also very long: for example Chartres has a length of 130 meters and the length of the transept is 64 meters, and to work around around it is required to pass at least half a kilometer. And with each point the Cathedral looks new. Unlike the Romanesque Church with its clear, easily observable forms. the Gothic Cathedral is vast, often asymmetrical and even heterogeneous in its parts: each of its facades with their individual portal. Walls are not felt, they would not have. Arches, galleries, towers, some sites with arcades, huge Windows, on and on – infinitely complex, delicate open forms.

And all this space is inhabited – the Cathedral both inside and outside is inhabited by a mass of sculptures ( in the Chartres Cathedral about ten thousand sculptures). They occupy not only the portals and galleries, but they can also be found on the roof, the eaves, under the arches of the chapels, spiral staircases, occur in the gutter,on consoles. In short, the Gothic Cathedral is the world. He really has absorbed the world of the medieval city. Continue reading

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