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
The Gates Of The Sun
The Mysterious Gate Of The Sun . along with other similar objects, are the Grand structure of the ancient city of Tiahuanaco. Today we can only guess, which meant a stone gate of solid rock.
When the Spaniards arrived in America, the Incas in response to their inquiries about the buildings of Tiahuanaco I told them about the long extinct tribe of giants. who erected this city. In addition, there is reason to believe that in this mysterious city are layered on each other a few civilizations that have lived of each other. The Spanish chronicler, Cieza de Leon testified that Indians told him about a bearded white people who were the founders of this city. I wonder what those statues really are found in this mysterious city. People with a beard is not a typical item for the local Indians.
What predstavlyali a built Tiahuanaco, so awesome seeing them? Here’s what he wrote about him, the Spanish historian, Garcilaso de La VEGA: “now Tell about the colossal structures of Tiahuanaco. … There are giant figures carved out of stone… they have suffered from the wind that speaks to their advanced age. There are walls made of stones so huge that it is difficult even to imagine how human force could have put them in their place. There are the remains of strange buildings, the most notable of which are the stone portals, Continue reading
Gothic style in architecture
Replaced the Romanesque style in Western Europe came the Gothic style in architecture and dominated in these areas from the 13th to the 15th century. The ancient Romans were called Goths, the barbarian tribes, which invaded the state from the North. In the end I got the derisive term “barbarian architecture” Gothic, though in fact Gothic as the architectural style is striking and admired the modern and discerning audience.
For a long time people called Gothic all the elements of the art of the middle ages. Only in the late fourteenth century it was fully recognized the original art style. Roman the period covering the early middle ages, gradually gave way to Gothic, combining gilding, bright color, shining stained-glass Windows, Symphony of light transfusion, and the expression of its characteristic spires on the tops of buildings.
The inspiration of the masters of the Gothic style in architecture were the Christian worldview, Roman architecture, traditions of ancient culture, portrait miniatures, writing Latin and Romano-Celtic art crafts. A positive impact on the rapid development of style has had a rapid increase of European trade and the increase in the number of cities.
The number of cities increased and their leaders Continue reading