Start browsing the Gothic architecture I want with the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. This is one of my favorite pieces of architecture.
Sagrada Familia, Sagrada família (Catalan. Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família) is located North of the Old City of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) in the Eixample district. The construction of the temple started in 1882 and still not completed.
The project of the Cathedral was originally designed by architect Mr. Francesco del Villar (del Villar Francesco), which is a year after the start of construction was replaced by Antonio Gaudi. Gaudi completely redesigned the project, completing it in a mixture of styles of art Nouveau and modernism. The financing of the construction was done by subscription, donations from the Catholic community and state grants.
Construction history: 1882-1926 Continue reading
Famous architectural works of our world
Architecture is a curious phenomenon of human civilization.
The Roman engineer and architect mark Vitruvius in the first century BC are right that it is based on considerations of durability, utility and beauty. This is true, however, such a pragmatic approach is clearly not able to explain the striking differences in the styles of architectural structures that have appeared in different countries and different peoples. Its shape and the sculptures of the ancient temples of India did not correlate with the great pyramids of Giza and Mesoamerica. Stately building, which built by the ancient Khmers, it is not like openwork design of Chinese pagodas. To the Gothic cathedrals of Europe, the construction of which lasted sometimes for centuries, can hardly apply the notion of feasibility. Continue reading
“Great underground wall”
The ancient history of China dynasty tells the story of a Northern Son (, 960-1127 ad), resisted for 200 years the dynasties Liao and Jin, which were bordered at that time with the Northern areas of China, the Khitan and Jurchens respectively.
North China plain is a vast flat base, without mountains or rivers that could be used when defending from attacks from the North. In such circumstances, the weaker the dynasty Dream has managed to survive over such a long period of time?
Ancient military tunnels in Yongqing
In the summer of 1948, the village of Yongqing Hebei region experienced a major flood that rapidly flooded the town. The villagers fled for their lives, as soon as heard the buzz of the water flow. But suddenly the main channel of the flood is rejected, and in the near future the level of flooding is greatly reduced. Continue reading