Features of the architecture of a Gothic Cathedral.
From the Romanesque Gothic architecture inherited the headship of the architecture in the system of the arts and traditional types of religious buildings. Special place in art was Gothic Cathedral – the highest example of synthesis of architecture, sculpture and painting . Unlike the Romanesque style with its round arches, massive walls and small Windows, typical of Gothic arches with a pointed top, a narrow and high towers and columns, the richly decorated facade with carved details (winery, tympanum, archivolt) and multicolor stained glass Lancet Windows. All the style elements that emphasize the vertical.
Incommensurable with the man the space of the Cathedral, verticalism its towers and arches, the subordination of sculpture to the rhythms of the dynamic architecture, multi-color glow of the stained glass had a strong emotional impact on believers. It, along with the divine service were held theological debates, played out the mystery, was the Assembly of citizens. The Cathedral was conceived a sort of vault of knowledge (mainly theological), the symbol of the Universe, and his artistic formation was expressed not only ideas of the medieval social hierarchy and authority of the divine force over man, but also the growing consciousness of citizens. A Grand Gothic cathedrals differed from monastic churches Continue reading
The mysteries of the ancient giants. The Megaliths Of Malta
When people talk about the megaliths, I immediately think of Stonehenge in England, Newgrange in Ireland or Carnac in France, although the most ancient megalithic structures located on a small Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean sea. They are notable for the fact that, as a rule, are not in isolation, but form huge complexes — the cromlechs.
Calypso, who lived on Gozo island and has captured Odysseus, Roman patricians, conducted in Malta, the summer, the Apostle Paul, who converted its people to Christianity, environmental devastation, the Saracens, the crusaders, the Hospitallers, the pirates would get it later. Until then, Malta and Gozo — green Islands with countless groves and fields, including towering giant mysterious structures.
The oldest of the Maltese megaliths Ggantija is located to the North-East of the island of Gozo. It was built around 3400-3000 BC (All dates were obtained using radiocarbon Dating, but maybe someday we will find a better one, and who knows how many years then will these stone giants.)
The word of Ggantija means “huge, huge” or “giant” and very suitable to the megalith. It consists of two separate temple with different inputs, but the overall rear Continue reading
Gothic tales of mystery, suspense, and terror include elements pertaining to both horror and romance. Through books and films, Gothic genre continues to terrify its audience. Gothic culture has always drawn attention in terms of various aspects related to music, fashion and their unique style of writing.
This literature has even influenced other different genres of writing styles. There are some prominent features of this literature that sets it apart from the rest, even today.
The word Gothic has its roots in the name of the German tribe called the Goths. The term Gothic was later used during medieval times in the field of architecture for the construction of buildings with pointed arches and vaults. Gothic literature is closely related with Victorian Gothic, or Gothic revival architectural movement of the same era. Destroyed the medieval buildings have been a strong source of inspiration for writers, even the castles were named with links nd to the architectural style. Thus, the writing of the novel in a Gothic building helped authors to assemble the emotions of fear, despair, isolation and suspense. The first form of Gothic literature began in 1764 when Horace Walpole published his novel Continue reading