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The Church in nice. The Tsesarevich Nicholas.

Today we would like to tell you about the heir to the throne is crown Prince Nicholas, with the tragic fate of which is directly connected to temple relic – the icon of Saint Nicholas.

The heir Tsesarevich and Grand Duke, the first son of crown Prince Alexander Nikolayevich (later Emperor Alexander II) and the Princess Royal (later Empress) Maria Alexandrovna. Was born on 8 September 1843 at Tsarskoe Selo, died on 12 April 1865 in nice. The main feature of the crown Prince, is the cordiality that one of his teachers, A. I. Chivilev, was acknowledged even by excessive. According to him, “the Heir of Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich was smart, capable to work thoughts and sympathized with all its highest interests, Continue reading

Mysterious structures

Imagine a densely populated Japan, where every piece of land is gold. And on this territory there are places where no man had trod for hundreds of years. These places are called copany.

Kofun — is an ancient burial emperors in Japanese — barrow. Classic kofun has the shape of a keyhole, around which dug a water-filled moat, and sometimes even two.

Japanese kofun, originates from the ancient tombs of China. The name of the kofun are megalithic tombs, for example Ishibutai kofun. In the narrow sense of the kofun is the burial of partially elongated shape, common in Japan between the 2nd half of the III century BC and the first half of the seventh century BC From this term comes the name of the Kofun period (300-538 years), which is part of the Yamato period in Japanese history.

There is an entrance, gate, bridge. Everything is closed and participation is forbidden by Japanese tradition. Continue reading

10 Gothic cathedrals of medieval Europe.

Gothic cathedrals this is not the iconic structures of the ancient Goths, and the temples, built in the Gothic style of architecture. This architectural style emerged in France in the 12th century, it replaced the Romanesque style.

Gothic architecture spread throughout Western Europe and continued to evolve until the 16th century. With the advent of the Renaissance, the Gothic style began to lose its value. Best Gothic style manifested in the architecture of cathedrals, temples and monasteries. For Gothic narrow and high tower, with a pointed top arches, columns, colorful stained-glass Windows and an ornate facade. An integral part of Gothic art is sculpture. The gloomy figures of gargoyles and mythical creatures served as a particularly common decoration on the walls. The combination of iridescent stained glass, gorgeous patterns and stone statues of figures create an inimitable ensemble. Continue reading