Indian tales. The tale of the Taj Mahal and the great love.
So, the tale is told… A long time ago in a wonderful Dreamland of India, there lived a Shah Jahan – “the Ruler of the world”.
In 1592 birthplace of the ruler by the Mughal Prince Khurram, a descendant of Tamerlane. When he turned 15 he met a beautiful girl, Arjumand the Banu Lam, the daughter of his chief Minister father, she was a year younger than the Prince.
His beloved, Shah Jahan met at the market, she was selling wooden beads and was so beautiful that cheap crafts seemed to Prince diamonds of pure water. Arjuman was the daughter of the vizier closest to the Sultan and niece of his beloved wife. 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
Masters and Finials
(construction of Gothic cathedrals in Western Europe)
– What are you doing? – addressed to the masters of the stranger.
– Hew the stone, that he said first.
I don’t see clay rowed, – muttered the second.
– I’m building Chartres Cathedral, ‘ said the third.
An old proverb
The dimensions of the Cathedral – that was a matter of prestige and rivalry of cities. Famous temples of the Greeks inferior in magnitude even the most “mediocre” temples of the middle ages. The Parthenon housed under Cathedral arches, as a major exhibit in the exhibition hall. Continue reading