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
Mysteries of ancient civilizations: five mysterious places of the world
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In the world there are many places of deciphering which more than one generation of scientists. These mysterious places give rise to legends and of course the road to them will never become overgrown with grass. Tourists from all over the world tend to visit them to see these amazing places on the planet. Introducing a journey through the most mysterious places of the world.
The Geoglyphs Of Nazca
Huge geoglyphs on the Nazca lines in Peru represent a cultural heritage of humanity and one of the greatest mysteries of our time.
Drawings of humans, animals, whimsical lines stretch for thousands of kilometers. Common opinion about them yet. Whether it is a cult place of the ancient, or map of the sky, or a landing strip of the aliens.
The purpose of the paintings remains unknown, and scientists continue to Bang our heads.
Nuraghe Of Sardinia
Their height reaches 20 m. In the territory of Sardinia was discovered enormous Bastion, which is now a major archaeological complex.
Scientists suggest that these structures were the prototypes of the feudal castles.
Stone balls of Costa Rica
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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