The oldest buildings of mankind
Menhir (from nizhnelenskoe: men — stone and hir — long) is a simple megalith as a mounted man roughly worked stones, whose vertical dimensions are significantly higher than horizontal.
The menhirs could be used for a variety of purposes that are currently unknown and may not be defined. Among the likely assignments of the cult :ritual fencing and other structures, the symbolism of the center, the definition of the boundaries of possession, elements of rituals of transition, or fertility, phallic symbols.
The dolmens (from Brit. taol maen — stone) ancient megalithic (that is, composed of large stones or stone slabs) structures of a certain shape. Continue reading
The ancient trail
Blooming mountain Huashan is called because the peaks of this complex of five mountains form a Lotus flower. The mountains are at a distance of approximately 1-2 miles from each other and oriented to the cardinal points: center, South, North, East, West. Mount Huashan — the sacred mountain of the West. It should be noted that this extraordinarily beautiful area, but ascending to the top of the complex very dangerous. The paths leading to the peaks, very narrow, 12 km long Entangling his serpentine rocks, they eventually converge at the highest point of the complex at the altitude of 2 100 m. mostly to be done this way can only be solved pilgrims. Sometimes they have to travel way across the narrow bridges attached by chains to the cliffs, which requires considerable physical strength and endurance, and most importantly, enviable determination. Because most of the wooden bridges built many centuries ago. Continue reading
It has always amazed me texts on the history of art in the spirit of “… this is a beautiful example of Romanesque/Gothic/romantic style reflected itself on trends/the passion of the past/impact of the West …”, from which you can understand only that this pattern – what a beautiful Cathedral/castle/Palace. So when I was lucky enough to be in the Magdeburg Cathedral, which is really only what I have displayed over 300 years of construction, really wanted to fix the process in stages, so that it is clear exactly how the design evolved. The result I offer.
Magdeburg Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Catherine and of Saint Mauritius) – the oldest Gothic Cathedral in Germany. Its construction began in 1209, after a fire destroyed the previous Romanesque Cathedral that stood on this place. The building was constructed over 300 years and reflected on all the twists and turns of development of the Gothic style on German soil. Continue reading