Architecture and visual arts of the middle ages
Until the 11th century in medieval Western Europe, a stone building almost was not conducted. 11.12 in centuries everywhere erected stone castles, monasteries, temples. All these buildings have thick, smooth…

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Who built the tunnels under Europe?
In the old days any more or less self-respecting city or castle had its dungeons and underground passages. At least so people think. So, by themselves, these underground structures are…

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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

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

15 most beautiful temples of the Old world

1. St. Basil’s Cathedral
Orthodox
Moscow, Russia
Its construction began in the XVI century
Pokrovsky Cathedral, also known as the temple, many believe the symbol of Moscow and whole Russia. Nobody is not set to the name of the master who built it. According to the legend, on the orders of Tsar Ivan the terrible blinded the Creator to nowhere and he never reproduced the unique architecture of the Cathedral. In Stalin’s time, the temple, its bright “candy” style sharply contrasted with the strict walls of the Kremlin and discontinously with demonstrations on red square, it was decided to demolish. From destruction saved him brave protest scholar-restorer, which cost the last several years of camps.
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