Other Temples in Bangkok
In addition to the popular and world-famous temples of Bangkok, the city still has many of the interesting places of worship that most guides fail to mention.
Wat Benchamabopit (the Marble temple)
Wat Benchamabophit (Wat Benchamabophit) is one of the most beautiful and popular monasteries of Bangkok, being at the same time and most modern city temple. It was designed by the son of Rama IV and was built during the reign of Rama V, during the second half of the XIX century, made of marble, which is not very characteristic of Thai construction.
Construction began in 1901 during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). For the construction of ubosot Scotism in style, with three-tiered roof was used white Carrara marble for a lot of money delivered from Italy. The building combines both Thai and European features.
In the courtyard of the temple, there are more than 50 Buddha statues, which resemble the famous statues from various countries and provinces. In the main hall stored the ashes of King Chulalongkorn.
In the Park of the monastery, in the pool, live the sacred turtle – symbol of longevity, while in the channel flowing through the temple grounds, is home to the giant catfish is a sacred fish.
If you exit the Temple and visit the channel, you will see a small platform with the drums is an ancient type of hours. The monks responsible for the time, Continue reading
The Architecture Of Ancient Japan
Temple architecture of Ancient Japan can be divided into two main types – Shinto and Buddhist. On design features of religious buildings is very strongly influenced by Chinese traditions. However at all times the Japanese as much as possible adapted the buildings to their own culture. The dwelling was rather simple forms and internal relations of the rooms.
The main features of Japanese architecture
• Almost all buildings, the temple and the secular was made from wood. Japan and now is very rich in forests. In the past there were even more. Houses made of logs are allowed to keep the optimal temperature in a relatively hot climate of this country. In addition, wooden structures better withstand earthquakes, which are frequent here. A log house is also quite easy to disassemble and reassemble at the new location.
• Large roof, usually a gable. Japan is a country in which very often there is heavy rain. So the roof had to be as reliable. The impact of Chinese culture manifested in this constructive element in the large curved eaves. However, the Japanese roofs are slightly more finesse. The corners are bent too much – the roof is almost flat.
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The term was coined in 1849 by the English Explorer A. H. in the book Cyclops Christianus . and in 1867 formally adopted at the Congress in Paris . The term is not exhaustive, so the definition of megaliths and megalithic structures are subject to the rather vague group of buildings. In particular, the megaliths called the hewn stones of large dimensions including and is not used for the construction of tombs and monuments .
A separate group are megalithic structures, that is, the objects largely composed of megaliths. They are distributed worldwide. In Europe, for example, is the Stonehenge. facilities of Cretan-Mycenaean culture, or Egypt. In South America — Machu Picchu. Puma Punku. Ollantaitambo. Hacks. Sacsayhuaman. Of Tiwanaku .
Their common characteristic are blocks of stone weighing sometimes hundreds of tons. often transported from quarries located tens of kilometers sometimes with large differences in elevation relative to the site. The stones processed so that the junction between the blocks can not enter the shaving blade .
Typically megalithic structures would not serve as a housing. and from the period of construction to our days not reached any record of the technology and of construction. The lack of reliable written sources, and the fact that all these structures Continue reading