The most mysterious places of the Volgograd region
In the Volgograd region there are places, covered with legends and endowed with unusual energy. This summer bold and brave tourists who want to touch the unknown, can take a…

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What's in common? gardens, megalithic structures, mandalas and temples
I have increasingly come to the conclusion that everything is interconnected, and there is a higher mental mind or is it embedded in our genes. I look at labyrinths, mandalas,…

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Artistic forging in Gothic style

Traveling through Europe for myself to note the fact that different historical eras have different trends and styles in architecture. One of the brightest areas, of course, is the Gothic style. This direction arose in the middle of the seventh century.

Artistic forging of metal is closely associated with the Gothic architectural style. This is exemplified by the wrought-iron gazebo , massive wrought iron doors and other unusual metal products. Most of the work blacksmiths made in this direction have intricate patterns, which fit well with oak leaves, lilies, grapes, a variety of four-leaf rosettes and other elements that form a floral ornament. All this diversity of forms, master blacksmith jewelers woven into intricate geometric patterns. The fence, built in the Gothic style, are the characteristic features of the time, it is the presence of arrowheads in the form of arrows on each rod, a wrought-iron fence. Also at the base there is always a square element. In the manufacture of wrought iron doors in the master paid special attention to its handle, door handle performing strictly observing all the main areas of the Gothic style. Floral designs were used not only for decoration all the products, but also performed various functions, such as knock, wrought-iron knob, on the door, thereby alerting house owners about the arrival of guests. Continue reading

The Gothic quarter of Barcelona

Barcelona’s Gothic quarter is the oldest part of the city. Originally on this site stood the Roman settlement of Barcino, originated from Barcelona. Today the Gothic quarter is for tourists the most popular.

The main attraction of the Gothic quarter is considered the Barcelona Cathedral (la Catedral) with a magnificent facade in Gothic style. Inside the Cathedral there is an outdoor patio where live 13 white geese. Catalans believe that their whiteness is the embodiment of purity Saint Eulalia, which took an agonizing death at the hands of the Gentiles. Eulalia was exactly 13 years, so the geese are here too 13.

B Barcelona’s Gothic quarter is the medieval complex of buildings which for five hundred years was the residence of the Catalan monarchs. The size of the King is the center of the Gothic quarter. According to some reports, on 3 April 1493, it is the square of the Catalan king Ferdinand received Christopher Columbus after his first voyage to America. Continue reading

Maze – live, virtual, dangerous.

Labyrinth — a mysterious structure with many intricate lines. The most famous of them was built in Crete for the Minotaur. The fashion for the creation of such “puzzles” have survived to our days. In Europe, the popular gardens and parks with a large number of intertwined alleys. And in virtual reality appeared places where it is easy to get lost…

Has become widely popular exquisite gardens, labyrinths in the possession of Gonzaga in Mantua, the French Royal residence-Versailles. Pope Clement X in 1670 ordered to break the garden maze near the Villa Altieri in Rome. He liked to watch the attempts of the servants to find a way out of this “puzzle”.

And in the UK the device of labyrinths has become a national tradition. So, the English king Henry II in the twelfth century surrounded the Palace of his mistress Rosamund Clifford at Woodstock tangled mass of alleys and hedges. Maze called Rosamund Boudoir. Continue reading