The great architects
The great 20th century architect Le Corbusier believed that architecture is "the art of constructing". Many peoples and cultures contributed to the history of architecture. The pioneers were the Greeks,…

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The most mysterious places on the planet
Each country has its own mysterious places of legend. People come from distant lands to see these places and try to solve their mystery. The human psyche is arranged so…

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The Gothic quarter in Barcelona
The Gothic quarter of Barcelona . located in the historical and geographical center of the capital of the Autonomous region of Catalonia, in plan is a rectangle with sides approximately…

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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

The most mysterious places of Paris

Who of us at least once dreamed about a trip to Paris?

The center of Europe, world fashion capital, a city with a rich historical past – the action unfolds immortal Dumas novels, and Druon, whom many of us were read from a young age… In Paris everyone will find something that he likes. But if you’re a fan of mysticism and mysterious phenomena? So, what places is better to visit?

Notre-Dame de Paris (the hunchback of Notre Dame)

Long went the legend that the stone patterns and the ornaments of this building is hidden recipe of the philosopher’s stone. In the late middle Ages, Notre Dame really was a place of alchemical gatherings. After all, its architecture is traditionally correlated with germetikoj, each element – with one or another occult symbol. It is occult and not religious.

So, if you pay attention on ostensibly religious themes stained glass, you’ll find that they are far from Christian tradition. On the Central one – the rose is the virgin Mary dressed in a red cloak, beneath which is seen a green garment when it is traditionally dressed in blue. At the same time, the Freemasons room in the temple, used for initiation rituals in the fifteenth Degree – “Knight of the East and the Sword”, is divided into red and green halves. An accident. Continue reading

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, scattered around the world. Many of these mysterious structures and on the territory of Russia. Alexander Gay, a prominent Russian expert on Eneolithic and bronze age in South-Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, I am sure: there is not enough for one generation.

What are the megaliths and how they differ from each other?

Constructions from huge stones, slabs and blocks were erected by different peoples and in different epochs. The pyramids of Egypt or the temple in Belbek — also megaliths. Just call them so is not accepted. Megalithic research and in wide use called, usually stone monuments of prehistoric peoples who have not reached the level of barbarity or civilization.

In France, on the Atlantic coast — the whole field from thousands of these megaliths, built in parallel rows for miles. In addition, the megaliths are of different types: Nordic seids, the Nuraghe of Sardinia, the Atlantic corridor of the tomb of Europe, which is often now called in Breton Karami; menhirs — standing stones-stelae; stone circles — stone circles; dolmens — tombs with pillars or walls of verticalnaya, usually covered with a flat roof. Continue reading

A walk through the ages: the Gothic quarter of Barcelona
The Gothic quarter is the historical center of Barcelona, because here began the building of the city. The area is located between Plaza de Catalunya on the one hand, a…


Gothic style
Something about the furniture 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…