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Cologne Cathedral

The cathedral was designed by the devil

The idea of ​​the cathedral of Cologne was so huge, that his first architect Gerhard von Riehl got a deadlock: how to implement it, how to implement such a great creation. And then came to the rescue, no, not God, but rather, the enemy of mankind. There is a widespread legend that the devil in exchange for the soul of the architect’s drawings required. But his wife was saved by her beloved husband: she got up early in the morning and the rooster crowed instead. The devil was such a simpleton that deception does not recognize under the contract, and was handed over to her drawings. Now Gerhard could be made to work, and he began working on the drawings of the devil, the soul of his wife had been ruined forever. However, Satan has not calmed down, and then he promised that as soon as the construction of the cathedral, the world will perish.

Whether to diabolical prophecy fulfilled, whether for objective reasons, but the construction was delayed for more than 600 years, and more precisely on the 632 years and 2 months. Only October 15, 1880 the grand opening of the temple. However, to this day on the steeple and walls of the cathedral can be seen scaffolding. The restoration work is constantly underway. So the end of the world we are not yet safe. But seriously, otherwise it can not be. Cologne Cathedral was included in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996 still. In 2004, he was on the list Continue reading

The mysterious brick building in Kiev

The mysterious brick building in Kiev

Strange buildings – the people called their round towers – appeared during the reign of Emperor Nicholas I as objects constructed when the Kiev fortress. Although encyclopedic dictionary “Kiev”, published in 1982, claims that the round tower is only one, in fact six of them.

Tower  was built in the heart of the Vasilkovsky fortifications (now Shchors street, 38). Its construction began in 1831 and lasted 6 years. Wall with a gate appeared a little later – in 1838–1839.

The tower was originally two-storey and was intended for the officer’s barracks. It housed the Kiev provincial garrison battalion. However, since 1839 th it was used as a military hospital, and later served as a prison. However, over time she once again became a barracks.

In 1897, on the external facades of the tower cut through the window and over part of the building was built on the third floor. From 1898 th here were stationed the 168th infantry Mirgorod regiment. In 1913 he passed military service member Andrey Eremenko – the future Marshal of the Soviet Union. It is here, within the walls of the tower No. 1, a talented military leader began his military career.

In the summer of 1918 in tower No. 1 is a 4th Sarducci guards regiment of the Hetman Pavlo Skoropadskiy. One of the officers of this regiment, Mikola Yanchevskii, two years later became the General-the cornet of the UPR army. In Soviet times, in the tower Continue reading

The great wall of China

The great wall of China

The great wall of China – one of the outstanding achievements of engineering thought, one of the iconic symbols of China. Construction of this impressive facility began in the fourth century BC and lasted for several centuries.

Actually, the Great wall of China – it is three walls, a length of about 5 thousand kilometers. Some parts of fortifications were built even before the great construction. However, the construction began under the Emperor Qin Shi Juan, which gathered a great army of builders of representatives from peasant, warrior castes. Also in these works used the labor of criminals and prisoners. The wall was created in order to protect the country from attacks by the warlike Mongols from the North, and as proofs of the greatness of the Emperor. Needless to say that the construction was carried out with the greatest toll in human lives and in popular mythology, the building was called the “wailing wall”. One of the Chinese ancient legends tells that the wall was destroyed by the tears of the wife by the spouse, who died at the construction site.

The construction of the wall began in other time, in the Han dynasty, which ruled from 206 BC to 220 ad. Centuries later, in 607 year the wall was rebuilt, and to perform large-scale works took about one million workers.

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