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Megalithic temples

Megalithic temples

Among other merits before history, the Maltese archipelago is world famous for the fact that the most ancient man-made structures on Earth are located here. This is the megalithic temples .

The person who first confronted with such prehistoric monuments, raises a number of questions: what is the churches, how many are they, where are they located, what purpose was built? Let’s start with the basics, what is the megalith at all? In fact, it is every religious building of the huge raw or semi-processed stone blocks, which include dolmens (funerary box, covered with a massive flat slab), and menhirs (single standing stones) and cromlechs (circular fence) . Maltese megaliths are dolmens . The most famous stone circles on the planet are Stonehenge (England) and Carnac (France, not to be confused with Egyptian temple complex), but the construction of the ancient Maltese, in addition, they are distinguished “accuracy” – more than twenty temple complexes located on the territory, comparable to a small European city.

What they have in common? – the material, design features (e.g., login form), in many cases, and similar architectural form, resembling the petals of a flower. Some temples are rather primitive, probably not all the details have survived, and others have specific Continue reading

Megalithic structures

Megaliths

Among other merits before history, the Maltese archipelago is world famous for the fact that the most ancient man-made structures on Earth are located here. This is the megalithic temples.

The person who first confronted with such prehistoric monuments, raises a number of questions: what is the churches, how many are they, where are they located, what purpose was built? Let’s start with the basics, what is the megalith at all? In fact, it is every religious building of the huge raw or semi-processed stone blocks, which include dolmens (funerary box, covered with a massive flat slab), and menhirs (single standing stones) and cromlechs (circular fence). Maltese megaliths are dolmens. The most famous stone circles on the planet are Stonehenge (England) and Carnac (France, not to be confused with Egyptian temple complex), but the construction of the ancient Maltese, in addition, they are distinguished “accuracy” – more than twenty temple complexes located on the territory, comparable to a small European city.

What they have in common? – the material, design features (e.g., login form), in many cases, and similar architectural form, resembling the petals of a flower. Some temples are rather primitive, probably not all the details survived, Continue reading

Gothic Belarus

Gothic Belarus

Youth Association “Hystorika” organized sightseeing trip “Gothic churches in Belarus”, in which I had the opportunity to participate.

Departure from Minsk was appointed on July 2, at 7:45 am. The bus was comfortable enough, the driver is very friendly, and the guide Alex Frolov – anatolev. The morning sun was shining, heralding a good day. However, with the weather we were not lucky, in the afternoon started raining, which has become a serious hindrance, if not for viewing the historical beauty of the region, at least for their photos gravirovani.

The route ran mostly along the Western part of Belarus, on the territory of Brest and Grodno regions. For visits were scheduled Iskold, Synkovichi, Zelva, Gniezno, Mstsibava, Siloviki, the parish and the Stomach.

Iskold

The Church of the Holy Trinity, was founded in 1472 M. Nemirovich and is one of the oldest temples of Belarus. In the second half of the XVI century the Church was passed to the Calvinists, after 1641 it was again returned to the Catholics. In 1863 the Church was transferred to the Orthodox, then returned to the Catholics. In the 1970s the Church managed to defend from the threat of demolition and reconstruct.

The building has the appearance of a rectangle and ends with a five-wall apse. The walls are made of brick, the lower part ornamented with reticulate walls of dark brick. The front and the sides of the temple strengthened by massive buttresses. Narrow Windows resembling Continue reading

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