Gothic art

The appearance of the cathedrals of the Gothic style
The spirit of the age, Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas Aquinas most clearly expressed in the architecture of XII—XIII centuries Then formed a new architectural style, later called Gothic. Gothic…

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Baalbek — a cyclopean temple complex of the Ancient world in Lebanon
Ancient wonders of Baalbek — the legacy of biblical characters. Lebanese Arabs believe that their country is the history of the ancient city of Baalbek. The complex of temples at…

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Ancient fortresses around Kiev

We invite you to tour surrounding Kyiv fortresses – once a large and mighty cities, each of which is canonized in the history of Russia. Vyshgorod, Belogorodka (Belgorod) and cornflowers – each of them keeps the ancient architectural monuments. The tour will tell not only of the Slavic fortresses, but also of more ancient times, when in the vicinity of present Ukrainian capital was located Scythian settlement.

Vyshgorod . Northern suburb of the capital of Ukraine, in fact, its satellite town, the upper town is a unique historic aura of the city. Age of Kiev, the residence of the most famous monarchs of Kievan Rus, the place of concealment of the relics of the first Russian saints, a hero of war battles and the witness of the era of industrialization – all Vyshhorod. Continue reading

Tour – Monumental-Barcelona (Spain)

Amazing and diverse Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. This specific region is different from the rest of Spain has its own culture and amazing scenic landscapes. But Barcelona is a city so original, that even in the Catalonia’t find the other city. Their appearance, which so distinguishes the city from other, Barcelona are indebted to the genius of the architect Gaudi, which has completely transformed it, creating its fabulous buildings.

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The history of Barcelona is very ancient, and according to one legend, this city of ancient Rome – the eternal city. It is believed that it was founded by one of the greatest heroes of antiquity, Hercules. And on the second version of Barcelona was rebuilt by the Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca, who was the father of the famous Hannibal. Continue reading

Underground architectural construction in Russia: review and experience inventory

1. The inventory of artificial caves and underground architectural structures for the CIS and Baltic States (former USSR).

Russian Society Spelestological Research (ROSI) is working on the Inventory of artificial caves and underground architectural constructions on the territory of CIS and Baltic States (former USSR).

The idea of the Cadastre belongs to M. Y. Cochino. The ideology inventory was developed and added to it Dolotov, Y. A., M. U. Sokhin, A. A. Parfenov (working Group of the Inventory). The development of computer databases has made J. A. Dolotov.

Materials for Cadastre also provided: N.E. Pudovkin (Samara), K. K. Pronin, L. N. The wind, Acting Greek (Odessa), A. G. Kovalev (Kharkov), A. Bobrovsky (Kiev), and other SPELESTOLOGY. Currently information is collected about 2500 objects. Continue reading

Cologne Cathedral is a Gothic beauty

A pearl of Cologne and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, Cologne Cathedral of the Saints Peter and Maria amazes by its monumentality, greatness, and at the same time, ease and grace, delicacy soaring forms. This is the largest Cathedral in Germany and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe.

It is a huge patinetly Basilica of reddish stone of trachyte, with an area of about 8500 square meters Cathedral Length 144 meters, the width of the transept – 83 meters, height of the building to the ridge of the roof is about 60 meters. On the Western facade of the Cathedral has two huge towers topped with pointed spires. They rise to a height of 157 meters. Continue reading

5 most mysterious places of Russia

If you are interested in something unusual and during the coming vacation want to see the places that are fraught with something unknown, we can offer you a list of 5 such places.

A very popular place among scientists and curious enthusiasts is death valley in Kamchatka . About it it became known to the public about the thirties of the twentieth century, when there flowed and curious tourists. Death valley was discovered by the hunters, who noticed the strange behavior of dogs that later died. All animals that visit this place, start to wither, stop eating, lose weight and slowly die. The chain of death begins with field mice, which after the snow melts, remain lying there dead in large numbers. Mice in turn are attracted by the smell of larger animals that remain in the valley forever. More than a hundred scientists died trying to unravel this mystery, and only in the early eighties were able to establish that all events triggered by high content of powerful toxins in volcanic gas. Continue reading

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Newgrange is the oldest religious building in the world
Newgrange – religious building in Ireland, one of the oldest structures on the planet. Built it in such a way that at dawn on the shortest day of the year…

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Gothic cathedrals: Cathedral of St. Vitus Cathedral and St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna
I'm not an architect and don't know many details, but in this article I will try to convey their impressions of Gothic architecture on the example of two cathedrals. It…

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