“Now do not build Gothic cathedrals. In the old days people had convictions; we, the contemporaries, there is only opinion, and opinion is not enough to create a Gothic temple.” Heinrich Heine
“Chartres Cathedral – the place where an atheist feels uncomfortable.” Napoleon
Gothic… there is nothing more majestic and sublime, nothing has the same impact even on the most meager imagination, even on the most pragmatic and insensitive the brain, on the coldest mind, not bound by religion, superstition and mysticism… This stone, which was thirsty for a day, devoid of weight, aspiring to heights, the triumph of the spirit over the defeated decay. Awe causes involuntary recognize the authority and power of the Gothic.
But it is a grim reminder of the impermanence of all things, this is a severe warning to those who think about themselves too much, fell into pride, did not heed that “everything is permitted, but not everything is permitted”, has forgotten that he is only a grain of sand in the Universe… Continue reading
From Cairo to Fayum oasis among the hot Sands has a plume of mysterious buildings created by human hands. The pyramids of Egypt are one of the biggest mysteries of mankind. This is a huge structure of stone in the shape of pyramids were built as tombs for the rulers of ancient Egypt. The principle of their construction is identical — inside a mastaba (“home after life”) has an underground chamber for burial, outside surrounded by high stone buildings.
In total in Egypt is more than a hundred large and small pyramids. Some of them have a stepped configuration, some perfectly smooth. They are located on the banks of the Nile, near Cairo, which in ancient times was called the Memphis. The most famous pyramids of Egypt are situated on the edge of the desert plateau of Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo.
Pyramids of ancient Egypt:
The largest pyramid of Egypt . sometimes called the Great pyramid of Cheops (Khufu), the second Pharaoh of the fourth dynasty. Pharaoh Cheops lived about 2551 — 2528 years BC, so this is one of the oldest structures that have survived to our times. Historians claim that in ancient times the pyramid of Cheops reached up to 146 m, Sachse the upper part is destroyed and the current height is 137 m. Continue reading
India is a deeply religious country. The majority of the population followers of Hinduism about 80% of the population, still live here 13% Muslims and the rest practice Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Christianity and so on. The Constitution allows for any religion, it is through this tolerance, which I must say is already a thousand years old, we have a chance to see the ancient temples of India, and entirely new architectural masterpieces. Every year millions of tourists come to this mysterious country in search of spiritual enlightenment, wisdom, inexhaustible want to gain health or to ask the ancient gods of wish fulfillment. Whatever the purpose of your trip, don’t miss the opportunity to get acquainted with the religious diversity of India.
Cave temples of Ellora
The largest complex of cave temples of India located in the village of Ellora about 30 km West of Aurangabad, Maharashtra. In total, there are 34 allure of the temple and monastery: twelve are Buddhist, five are Jain and the rest Hindu. Continue reading