The Gothic churches of Cyprus
Only three hours flight and you find yourself on a small, divine beauty, the island of Aphrodite. If there is Paradise on earth – it is Cyprus. Golden sandy beaches,…

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Roman engineering structures
To the top of the construction activities of the Romans are engineering structures. The largest facilities are the network of roads covered the whole territory of the Empire. The Roman…

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The image of the world and the Gothic temple

Medieval builders had solved a very complicated time for their task. Thanks to the invention of the Lancet, the pointed form of arch, they managed to erect a building of great height. Lancet arch reduces pressure on the walls of the arches, and built outside of strong pillars, the buttresses – and even ease the pressure. Heavy, pointed upward to the door leading inside the Cathedral.

There, high overhead, is spanned by the rows of Lancet arches. Up carried bundles of long, thin columns. The building definitely reaches for the sky. Through the stained glass Windows pouring light fancy. Gold, scarlet, Royal blue spots painted massive stone slabs of the floor. Colorful reflections playing on the thin, fragile figures of saints. The contours repeat the soaring lines of columns and arches.

The three arts are combined, but differently than in Egyptian or Greek temple. It’s infused with the Christian religion. Subordinating art, she seeks to divert the mind of the person in an otherworldly, ethereal world. And although the building built by man, yet it was created to serve an invisible God. Continue reading

Gothic in medieval Western Europe

The origin of the term “Gothic”

The word comes from Italian. “unusual, barbaric, the barbarians” (the historical Goths, this style has nothing to do), and was initially used as a profanity. For the first time the notion in the modern sense used by Giorgio Vasari in order to separate the Renaissance from the middle Ages. Gothic completed the development of European medieval art, which arose on the basis of the achievements of Roman culture and the Renaissance (Renaissance) art of the middle ages was considered “barbaric”. Gothic art was a cult on purpose and Religious topics. It appealed to higher forces of the divine, of eternity, of the Christian worldview.

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Stonehenge and its mysteries

English Stonehenge one of the most ancient and mysterious monuments in the world. Scientists believe that this building age slightly younger than the ancient Egyptian pyramids (about 5000 thousand years).

But this common data, more and more researchers agree that the mysterious Stonehenge is much older. According to various sources he from 7 to 13 thousand years.

Who reconstructed this mysterious structure unknown. The ancient inhabitants of Britain thought it was the work of the great magician Merlin. Others have suggested that the giants did, who lived before the flood. It is believed that this is the handiwork of extraterrestrials.

Scientists traditionalists believe that this ancient Observatory.

It is believed that English began to build Stonehenge in 1600 – 1900 BC. The composition of such rocks: dolerite, tuff, Sandstone, and limestone. All this construction material is present in Britain. Continue reading

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The stone architecture of Lithuania of XIII – XVIII centuries
At the end of XIV - first half XV century Lithuanian churches were influenced by castle architecture and the Gothic churches of the Franciscan order and East Prussia. They are…

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Soul Gothic
In the XII century in France has arisen a new style of art. In France in the XIII century it reached maturity and then spread throughout most of Europe and…

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