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Gothic style

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The name “Gothic” comes from the Greek and Latin languages: “gothos” and “gotthus”. Goths in ancient Rome were called barbaric foreign tribes that invaded the Empire from the North. Later this word in a distorted way was to meet in the literature of the Italian Renaissance.

As the title style for the first time the word “Gothic” was applied by the great painter Raphael, at the time of the report to the Pope on the construction of the Cathedral of St. Peter, and in that moment, he seems did not even know that she had decided on a new name for one of the greatest styles.

The main idea of this direction is to find answers to the questions – “why is there evil?”, “why is the world so cruel?”. It is believed that the Gothic style originated in Paris in 1136-1140.

In architecture the Gothic style manifested itself through the withdrawal from the dark bulky forms to more graceful and light, ascending up the designs in all their grandeur and monumentality. Continue reading

Castello della Oscano

If you suddenly have a desire to live in this aristocratic castle, surrounded by its large area, it is necessary not to postpone a visit to the Castello della Oscano. Despite the fact that the castle accepts visitors at any time of the year. Within the walls of this beautiful Italian castle to welcome each guest, as it is now settled hotel.

Castles of Italy is not only a decorative feature of the country, historical monuments and cultural sights, but also quite mundane buildings, which offer tourists luxurious quarters for living and recreation.

Oscano magnificent castle stands on a wooded hill just a few kilometers from the city of Tuscany and historic village of Perugia. Surrounded on all sides by mighty trees, the castle makes a unique impression on each its grandeur and seeming inaccessibility. In the real atmosphere of antiquity and ancient history you can get already in the ancient city of Siena, through the Chianti road that leads directly to the castle of Oscano.

The two main towers and the parapet of the castle were built in 1364, carrying the function of a defensive fortress. Castle of Oscano is the perfect example of a medieval castle, restored by count Telfner retaining all of the strict Italian tradition in the interior, istoricheskoye building with elements of modern design and technology for complete comfort. Continue reading

Amiens Cathedral. France

The term “Gothic” is more conventional than “Romanesque art”. It originated in Italy during the Renaissance, when we naively thought that the shape of Lancet arches of medieval architecture evolved from ancient forms of tents ready, supposedly just connecting the crown of trees growing nearby. In this term invested at the same time contempt for all the arts of the middle ages, for the Italians of the Renaissance that invaded the Roman Empire during the “great migration of peoples” the Goths, who founded on its ruins the Kingdom, was always the epitome of barbarism. Subsequently, when related to architecture of the middle ages has changed drastically, this term was retained to refer to late medieval art.

In most European countries the heyday of the Gothic back to XIII—XIV century. Typical for this time is the rapid growth and prosperity of cities. Creative activity now shifts from the monasteries into the hands of the secular masters, combining shop-floor organization.

Architecture . The architecture has developed a distinctive, extremely logical system designs and décor. This system has developed most fully revealed in the construction of large urban cathedrals in France, where he first formed the Gothic style, voshodjaschie to the first half of the XII century. These cathedrals were the pride of towns and, apart from their direct religious purposes, was often used in a secular view for public meetings of citizens. Continue reading

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