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The ancient settlement of Kara

Between Evpatoria and Crimea resort Saki is the majestic hill of Kara-Tobe, where was located the ancient Greek-Scythian settlement, excavated and restored to life by professional archaeologists. Excavations on this site were only s year, so the hill the penalty-Tobe became exhibit relatively recently, when, in this mysterious place, it was decided to create a unique Museum under the open sky, available visiting the Crimea tour.

During the tour of the ancient city-Museum we can visualize tradition, culture and life of the ancient Scythian tribes living side by side with the enlightened Greek colonizers. Such cooperation between the two Nations has given rise to a certain commonality of culture, which is most clearly manifested in the objects of everyday life, and many conflicts. Among the most attractive sights of the hill of Kara-Tobe – preserved ruins of the once powerful ancient fortress Eupatorion, founded in the year 110 BC. Continue reading

Ancient aqueducts

Studies show that centralized water systems were built before the onset of a new era. The length of the Roman aqueducts was significant and could exceed 90 miles. It’s hard to imagine how people could create such large-scale facilities, without additional technical means and simple Handtools. Similar work was carried out on the territory of our country, about the middle of the XV century.

The first communications were brought to the Moscow Kremlin, and this fact is quite understandable and explainable. A few thousand years or centuries ago, the builders were the real heroes. They have not had the opportunity to buy pipe wrenches and cost inefficient expedients. Continue reading

Gothic architecture

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

Don discovered at Stonehenge

Don land keeps many secrets. We have such places that go to the most incredible legends. Some of them are real mysteries for researchers.

Ten years ago in the don steppe, 120 kilometers from Rostov, were found huge standing stones, vaguely reminiscent of their British location of an ancient temple of the Sun – Stonehenge. The discovery was immediately dubbed the don Stonehenge, and a place where there are rocks, Valley of stones.

However, unlike the British facilities don does not consist of stone circles (blocks, topped by cross-stones) and large upright standing stones, called menhirs. According to the results of geological expertise, the age of the rocks a minimum of 7 thousand years BC So the don megaliths much of ancient British and other well-known nowadays. And, according to the researchers, it even suggests that the megalithic culture originated in the don by going later in the Scythian tradition of making stone sculptures. Continue reading

Gothic stained glass

Stained glass is a major form of artistic glass in the Gothic era; this is partly explained by the fact that, unlike Romanesque architecture, Gothic Church buildings increases the area of Windows. Compared with Romanesque stained glass Windows in Gothic more condensed notes and deep color. So, darken the blue color, and unpainted glass appear occasionally and are used to obtain brilliant points. Thus for the sake of saving often used grisaille, and not only in borders, where they are used to put by a brush of vegetable ornament, but also for backgrounds. In the twelfth century for the purpose of stained glass was the coverage, in the thirteenth century its function changed: it is designed to teach decorating. At high altitude we often see images of people in cresciute placed under the arcades or under the arch. Purely ornamental elements — veteniary ornament, finials, palmettos are becoming increasingly rare. In the XIV century on the borders of the stained glass Windows there are small human figures.

Great Gothic cathedrals of France were created in one of the most colourful and dynamic eras of Western civilization. Gained strength the process of becoming secular world, in a way comparable to modern. However, the spiritual side was strong and full of life. Continue reading

The Temple of Druids in Yorkshire
In 20-ies of the XIX century, a rich landowner and landowner William Danby was built Druid temple . The building is really impressive, and in the imagination of the visitor…

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The most mysterious places of the Samara
Unsolved mysteries emanates from abandoned cemeteries, churches and bunkers. Even more warmed up interest and imagination of the legend, which tells about the events in these places. In Samara do…

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Gothic architecture
Romanesque art that originated at the first Christian relations of the West with Asia, marks the first steps of architecture, working their way up in the light, ischadium from the…

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