The great wall of China remake?
Construction of the great wall. now you can see the remains of which tourists belong to the Ming dynasty. Wall of the Qin era, the current ran North, cutting off the desert plateau of the Ordos, which was inhabited by the nomadic Huns.
Studying the history of this phenomenal wonder of the world, it is impossible not to ask certain questions – for example, why the Italian merchant and traveler Marco Polo lived in China for many years, no word has been said about the great wall? Perhaps because for the Chinese it was not the symbol of what is now. Wall had a specific purpose – to protect people from Northern barbarians. When the barbarians conquered China, the need for fortifications disappeared. If Marco Polo and see the remains of the wall, then it was the ruins of the ancient fortifications, and whether such attention?
Much more interesting is why the authors of the ancient Chinese miniatures depicting scenes from the life and native landscapes, never reflected his miracle. Perhaps because the Western wall was not for them, no miracle, no picturesque ruins, worthy of the miniatures.
But because a lot of researchers are of the opinion that the walls did not exist, at least in the form in which we know it today. One of such scientists – Evgeny Gabovich, expressing doubt in the existence of the great wall. All that the tourists see, thought habovych, this replica, Continue reading
The architecture of Gothic cathedrals
The architecture of Gothic cathedrals makes a double impression. With one hand of a person striking virtuosity of stone designs, a bold idea engineer, a wonderful sense of statics, according to P. L. Nervi, an almost unthinkable combination of experience and skills for the building in kind. On the other hand, an impassioned religious feeling of the unusual, mysterious transformation of bulky heavy stone in a visually light and airy lace.
The main source of information of Gothic architecture becomes a structural and thematic plastic. Monumental, impregnable walls enclosed, confined spaces Romanesque buildings give way to the dismembered elements of the stone frame of the surface, not having, as the internal space, clear material boundaries.
Changing figurative language — statics, stability do not meet the thoughts loose from feudal dependence of citizens. Increasing the public value of the free cities, awakening the feeling of human dignity, opportunity, individual personality dynamics more consistent looks to the sky, spires, spirituality, emotionality, inconsistency like dissolving Continue reading
Come out from the banks of the underground river?
24 September lecture “Smart Moscow” held in the reading room of Turgenev lecture Maxim Deputatova, specialist in the history of the Moscow metro. The expert told about the underground rivers in the capital, but also about the very principle of construction of collectors and the history of such communications. We all know that the pipe size named in honor of the pipe, in which flows the river Neglinka, but did you know that a pipe was there during the reign of Catherine II? Slon leads a condensed version of the lecture.
In Moscow there are about 170 small rivers, streams. The city stands on this spot many centuries, it grows, develops, and with it changes and hydraulics. Why do people build all kinds of waterworks in the city (in the city, agriculture we do not consider)? The answer is simple: to solve the problem of wastewater – where else? Wastewater is not just sewage, and any liquid waste of human life. How did you solve the required problem old man? Yes is not solved, just poured all over the fence and calmed down. But slowly the ideas came to dig some channels, pin boards, stones. And even better – tile the top. Thus appeared the first drainage tunnels. The famous Maxim of the Roman Cloaca ( Cloaca Maxima, the Great sewer) was one of the first drainage systems in the world, it was built in the VI century BC and has survived to the present Continue reading