Seids, Nuraghe, menhirs: what do they contribute?
Stonehenge — the most famous of the megaliths — for centuries stirred the imagination of people. But thousands more not less mysterious prehistoric stone "sphinxes", is puzzling to the researchers,…

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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…

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The megalithic complex of Newgrange in Ireland
The megalithic complex of Newgrange in Ireland - first place on the planet where they were doing experiments with human consciousness. The valley of the river Boyne in Ireland's County…

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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

What would Notre Dame, order it today

Almost every one of us loves to dream, would like to look into the future. How might religious buildings if they were built today? For example, Notre Dame let’s consider what would have happened if the American, Japanese, Russian and, of course, French architects, if they built the temple today or in the near future.

But first, let’s priotkroem mystery built in the 13th century Cathedral. Notre-Dame de Paris was built during a different century architects and builders. The Cathedral is designed in the Gothic style, which was quite bold for its time, as the dominant style in architecture was of the Romanesque style. The Italian Bohemians who invented the word “Gothic” mockingly called them, architectural direction, incomprehensible and alien to them.

Though Gothic style and adopted some approaches of Romanesque architecture, but at the same time creatively re-interpreted them. The Gothic style succeeded the Romanesque rid of the inertia and heaviness of materials. Gothic cathedrals are two to three times higher than the Romanesque, they soar high. Notre Dame is a great confirmation of this. The Cathedral’s height of 70 meters, length – 130 meters, the Cathedral can last up to 9 thousand worshippers at a time. Surprisingly, the greatest work of iskusstvoznanie rather primitive construction methods and simple equipment. Continue reading

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The geological structure of the territory of Russia
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