Chernigov. Troitsko-Ilyinsky monastery
Trinity-Elias monastery - one of the great monastic complexes of Ukraine (sorry for banal beginning). It could be called the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (LCP) in miniature (or Chernihiv-Pechersk Lavra), because it…

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In Sochi will build a dolmen
Scientists from Sochi and Adygeya will conduct the experiment to create the dolmen. The analogue of the ancient structure they're going to create on the mountain Bytkha, in Khostinsky district…

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Architectural tradition of India

Ideal scheme of the Indian temple is composed of large, rectangular courtyards grouped together, surrounded by walls with monumental gates (Toran), leading to the four cardinal points. In the center there was a Shrine – a temple with pyramidal roof, and next with others the complex walls are secondary structures.

The placement of buildings and structures responded to the Indian ideas about the world – earth, surrounded on all sides by the ocean, whose symbol was a system of pools that surrounded the temple. Enclosing walls symbolizing mountains, and the sanctuary represented the cosmic mountain in the world.

Its size and diversity of economic life, the temple resembled a city. Here lived the priests, merchants, servants, temple dancers, musicians. Crowds of pilgrims visited the temples. At the most visited churches worked to 20 thousand people of different professions. Continue reading

Holy Trinity Church in Kiev

Initially, Holy Trinity parish Church stood on the site of the little Park between houses 49 and 51 in Krasnoarmeyskaya street (independence square).

The Church of the Holy Trinity was placed in the area of New Building on the initiative of Metropolitan Filaret (Amfiteatrov) about the ordering of the parishes of old Kiev. It replaced the Trinity Church in the Upper town, intended for demolition according to the project of the new organization of the space between the Hagia Sophia and the St. Michael monastery. Project wooden on a brick Foundation of the temple was made in 1852 diocesan architect Paul Sparro, but in the capital’s Main Department of communications and public works has made adjustments in view of the facades. The construction of the Church started in 1856, the Church was consecrated on 12 October 1859 On the stories of Nikolay Leskov, her priest at that time was one of Kyiv “Antiques” He Euthymius, who, according to rumor, was buried in a makeshift crypt under the Church of his beloved wife. Continue reading

France. Chartres Cathedral.

“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