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Spiritual heritage of Ukraine

To see some marvels of architecture and history, we travel far abroad, while it does not notice what is right under our feet. Let us today a virtual walk through our nanke-Ukraine, look at its most beautiful Gothic and neo-Gothic churches and give them a rating . Of course, this is not England and not Germany, but to admire them, believe me. After all, the Gothic churches are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world architecture history.

I want to note that our ratings are subjective, and in the future it may change. It is not excluded that someday he will become an objective. And it will be your choice! So, starting from last place, but after tens will be “spare” objects – of your – actually no worse than the first ten You agree to offer us their versions?!

Where: Losiach, Borshchiv district, Ternopil region.

Criterion: for the fragile bell tower and medieval appearance. 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.

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