Gothic France
The Gothic style originated in France in the mid-twelfth century. The most significant works of the Gothic style in France are the cathedrals of Chartres, Amiens and Reims, but in…

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About Gothic churches
IMHO the Most unusual Gothic Church: in Norway, Trondheim. He's almost 1000 years. Mystical. Black. Place of palomnichestva Christians, and not only the Vikings, whose leader Olaf, who brought faith…

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Gothic architecture

Gothic art was born about 1440, in the Ile-de-France.

Initially, it is observed only in the construction of the most important cathedrals and Abbey churches of this area. But pretty soon the Gothic style spread throughout France and then throughout Europe. Not limited to sacred architecture, the master of Gothic actively distributed new style to the area of secular construction. Gothic is the first in the history of architectural style, which are still preserved works in all genres. Among these outstanding buildings occupy a special place are extremely diverse in stylistic terms, the cathedrals, the Abbey and the town’s Church. They are richly adorned with sculpture, stained glass and wall paintings and decoration occupy a prominent place in the works of jewelry art and sumptuously illustrated books. Along with the Gothic churches of modern audiences still continue to fascinate a variety of city buildings, castles and palaces, decorated no less elaborately than the masterpieces of religious architecture. 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

Ancient monasteries

The borgund stave Church

One of the oldest surviving stave churches are in Norway. Metal parts in the construction of stavkirke Borgund was not used. And the number of parts that make up the Church, more than 2 thousand. Durable frame stands gathered on the ground and then raised into the vertical position with the help of long poles. Built the borgund stave Church presumably in 1150-80.
The Cathedral Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brasilia was built in the modernist style by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. In 1988, Oscar Niemeyer received the Pritzker prize for the design of the Cathedral. The building consists of 16 hyperboloid columns, symbolizing the hands raised to the sky. The space between the columns is closed by stained glass Windows. Continue reading

Machu Picchu — the ancient city of the Inca Empire
Machu Picchu remains a Testament to the former power of the Inca Empire. More than 500 years ago the achievements of the Incas in construction allowed without mortar to lay…


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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