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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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