Mankind has always had a special thrill in relation to the creations of our imagination and intellect. In General, this is true, because such artifacts distinguish us from animals, and we are proud of:
The oldest extant European book
Which of the extant books is the oldest? It’s a complicated issue, given the fact, the very definition of the word “book” has caused a number of debates. However, it was recognized that the oldest book preserved in perfect condition, is the gospel of St. Cuthbert. This book is leather bound in red, written in the 7th century. In 2012, the British library of London paid her $ 14 million the Belgian congregation of the Jesuits. Its fully digitized version can be found on the Internet. The book is a copy of the gospel of John, written in northeastern England for Saint Cuthbert, and then placed in his coffin. When the Vikings began their first raids on these places, the local monastic community left his abode and together with the coffin of St. Cuthbert moved to Durham. The coffin was opened in 1104, when the construction of a new Church dedicated to this Saint. Since then the book was passed from hand to hand until it came to the Jesuits. Continue reading
The word stained-glass is derived from the Latin vitrum – glass, and later from French vitrage — glazing. The so-called art form, in which the image is applied to the glass or is composed of pieces of colored glass and designed for through light. Most often, stained-glass Windows fill the window openings in temples and cathedrals.
The stained glass Windows of cathedrals in France and Germany consisted of narrative painting, they were an integral part of Gothic churches. On the stained glass of cathedrals was portrayed, as a rule, religious and domestic scenes.
Speaking of the stained glass Windows of the cathedrals of Europe, not to mention the stained glass Windows of St. Vitus Cathedral
in Prague. They impress with their magnificence, diversity, extraordinary colors and cause a true delight — stained glass image is widely presented on Yandex Photos.
As one of the examples of Gothic Church architecture — Chartres Cathedral in France, located 90 km South of Paris. The stained glass Windows of the Cathedral are considered world heritage, for the collection of stained glass is amazing — it is over 150 Windows, the oldest of which were created in the XII century. Most famous are the stained-glass window 1150 of the year “lady of the beautiful glass” and composition “the Tree of Asaeva” Continue reading
I thought that now a lot said and written about Lemuria and Atlantis. They were, they sank in different parts of the world, at different times. But there is another unexplored country which they say is much smaller and, oddly enough, even though she has not sunk, but we know very little about it. Was she actually? If was, where? What were the mores and customs? What kind of people lived in it? And a lot of other issues in which I propose to deal in this thread.
Hyperborea, a mythical Northern ancient civilization, the mother of all living peoples. A beautiful legend. No, not so. Hyperborea – historical reality. The perfect civilization, not knowing wars and gave rise to scientific knowledge about the world. There were some in our latitudes. Yes, both versions have supporters. I saw this at the scientific-practical conference “my Motherland – Hyperborea”, which was held recently in Apatity. Its initiators were made by the Murmansk regional public organization “New city” and the Commission scientific tourism Russkogovoryaschego society. 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
5-th place. Gem cave in Russia
This is one of the most mysterious places on the planet . Amazing cave is located in the Leningrad region. It is situated on the right Bank of the Tosna river.
Cave passages extend at 5500 meters. But noteworthy is the fact that its walls are studded with extraordinary white peas. But their chemical composition is identical to pearls. No scientist can say with certainty how the walls of this cave can form pearls. Actually, hence the name of the cave. But it is better not to go there in spring or autumn, the season of abundant snow melt and rains. The fact that the soil on the roof of the cave isn’t stable. But in summer or in winter, the cave attracts dozens of cavers.
4-th place. Socotra Island
In ancient times the shore of the island of Socotra attracted only the most desperate travelers. Today this unique place are the Bedouins. Continue reading