The medieval period is a sufficiently long time period — from V to XIV century, i.e., about a Millennium. The term “middle ages” arose in the Renaissance. Thinkers of the Italian Renaissance understood it as a dark “middle” age in the development of European culture, a time of universal decline, lying midway between the brilliant epoch of antiquity and the Renaissance, a new flowering of European culture, a revival of ancient ideals. And though later, in the era of romanticism, there was “light the way” of the middle ages, both the middle ages created a very one-sided and false images this crucial stage in the development of Western culture. Actually everything was much more difficult. It was a complex, diverse, contradictory culture.
Architecture, like every art, has an inherent professional language – the language of architectural forms, is inextricably linked with the human world, with his spiritual dispensation. That is why the meaning and value of architectural forms of the medieval Church can be understood by considering the Church in his idea – as a way of modeling the world picture.
In the symbolism of architectural parts and decorative elements of the temple are disclosed the main features of the respective religion. Continue reading
Friday the 13th – the number that is in excess of the guidelines and specifications need not completely. This year good Friday is held under the number 13! This fact can not give certain colors and moods. NikLife too will try to be on this day very careful, for mystical places in Nikolaev enough.
Say that Nikolaev is absolutely not an easy city. Sprouted from human bones, he hides himself in the bosom a lot of mysterious secrets that can’t leave indifferent even the bravest sailors ever entering this city. Because of them, because very few people were previously able to penetrate this strategic platform in the world and found out some interesting features, perhaps a little exaggerated, but even legends need to be a bit instructive and memorable.
In Nikolaev mysticism is where to turn and to roam, to take into account the fact that many nikolayevets calm myself walk and do not realize that is stored, not so deep beneath the earth on which they tread. And there, believe me what did not, and Golden carriages, and Turkish treasures, and old catacombs, and forgotten cemeteries. However, sometimes I want to say that much better not to know – so calm! Sometimes it is very useful to know some details, so easy to sleep and think that it’s neighbors rustle behind the wall. Continue reading
The territory of Northern Karelia is studied by ethnographers over four hundred years. Many scientists devote all his time to studying the life and history of the tribe of the Sami are an ancient people who lived here before the active migration of the Slavs in Karelia. Unique spiritual and material culture of the Saami is not only scientific and cognitive interest, because understanding the lifestyle of the ancestors will allow modern people to better understand their own lives.
Pagan beliefs were given mystical power stones, mountains, trees, and various deified natural phenomena. The most widespread was the cult of worship of the seids – detached stones or intricate compositions. It is worth noting that among the peoples living in the tundra zone of Eurasia, the stones occupy a special place. The ancient inhabitants of the Karelian lands were built of stone labyrinths and seids. Almost every mountain and every lake you can find these mysterious constructions made of stone. Continue reading