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Tone legends of the Mountain Ingushetia

Picnic at family tower

Military towers is preserved in many Caucasian republics. They are in remote areas of Dagestan, they are collected almost again in Chechnya, they are proud of in North Ossetia and Georgian Svaneti. But only in Jeirakh district of Ingushetia have Targonsky the basin in which all sides are piled real tower of the city, and some “skyscrapers” reach the height of a modern ten-storied house. And these stone villages still continue to live. On the weekends here come the lowland Ingush — to have a picnic near the family tower of his family and to tidy up the ancient stones. Summer wrestlers from around the world gather in the valley for the tournament “Battle in the mountains”. Shepherds lead the flock trails blazed by their ancestors. Almost every mountaineer invites travellers to visit for tea. But don’t believe them. Actually, instead of tea waiting for you a complete meal with a whole mountain of local dishes and a long leisurely conversations about life. A pair of these “cups of tea” — and a full belly is already thoroughly prevents mountain climbing. But to retreat when in front of towering proud ledged roof, impossible.

Finally, all the obstacles behind. Before us is a tower complex, a real medieval castle, with all the usual attributes: high stone walls, narrow staircases and even an analogue aerial lift bridge.

On the ground floor a wide residential tower (gala) kept cattle. On the second — staged home. The pagans believed that the fire is inhabited by the souls of the dead, Continue reading

The Gothic quarter in Barcelona

The Gothic quarter

The Gothic quarter is the heart of old Barcelona. It consists of the close medieval streets, mansions of the Catalan nobility, Church and merchants ‘ houses. Emerged on the ruins of Roman buildings, Barri Gotic is the true gem of the Mediterranean metropolis.

Better acquainted with the attractions of the Gothic quarter. And draw a walking route with the following checkpoints:

Cathedral

The Plaça Sant Jaume

Size King

The Museum Frederic Mares

Roman columns and the Jewish quarter

Square Pine

Map of the Gothic quarter

Cathedral

Otherwise – the Cathedral of the Holy cross and Saint Eulalia, or Catedral. The best place to start the walk through the Gothic quarter.

The beginning of construction dates back to the year 1298, and the last stone in the décor of the façade was carefully laid in the nineteenth century. But the Gothic masterpiece is worth your time and money.

Everyone who understands the architecture of the viewer will notice the dissonance between the luxury of the facade-remake and asceticism of the ancient octagonal towers.

The design is to allocate a nave and Gothic choir with ornate finials. They are decorated with emblems and symbols of famous European Royal families.

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Features of the architecture of a Gothic Cathedral.

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

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