THE MONASTERY OF ST. POTAPOV
Corinth is one of the largest centers of Ancient Greece, which flourished in the XVII-XVI centuries BC With the times to nowadays the remains of the majestic temple of Apollo, with its monolithic columns. The Roman period is much richer presents: temple of Octavia, the fountain of Pyrene, baths of Auricle, etc. a year and a Half he lived here and preached the Apostle Paul. His two Epistles to the Corinthians included in the Bible. The road to Ancient Corinth, first of all, pay attention to Acrocorinth and the Corinth canal. Acrocorinth is a mountain with an altitude of about 670 meters, which offers a beautiful panoramic view. In ancient times there was the Acropolis of ancient Corinth, and what can be seen today are the remains of a Byzantine fortress. The channel connecting the Aegean and Ionian sea, is 4 km from Ancient Corinth. Dug in the late nineteenth century, he makes a strong impression today. Next on the program – visit one of the most famous monasteries Grecii – Cathedral Potapov. The women’s monastery, still active, is located at an altitude of 700 m Above sea level at 14km from the Spa town of Loutraki. The monastery contains the relics of St. Potapov.
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Megaliths: the mystery of the stone giants
In Southeast Asia, North Africa, Spain, the coasts of France and England and in many other places towering strange construction of the huge boulders. Scientists call them megaliths. It’s a giant, roughly-worked blocks of stone weighing several hundred tons. The megaliths or standing separately from each other, and then they are called menhirs, or form complex structures – dolmens and cromlechs. Giant blocks are not fastened by any cementing substance, but they are so carefully fitted that they cannot put even the blade of a penknife. On the mystery of megaliths scientists struggle for a very long time, but the basic questions still remain unanswered.
It is noticed that the megaliths tend to be sea coasts, and the farther from the sea, the smaller buildings. The most famous megalithic monuments located near the French town of Carnac on the southern Brittany coast. The main attraction of Karnak is a huge megalith, bearing the name of St. Michael. According to researchers, this structure initially served as a burial vault. Later, the megalith was covered with earth, and the top formed on its hilltop location in the Middle ages the chapel was erected.
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The Gothic quarter
This medieval quarter, with the most outstanding urban monuments, also called “Cathedral” (Barry de La seu), it has a more funny name “rovell de l OU” (egg yolk).
The quarter, located between the Cathedral and the town Hall, and partially surrounded by the bastions of the Roman walls, is probably the most attractive part of the city. In the beginning of XX century it was called “Gothic” . although the Gothic buildings have survived in other parts of the city. However, this is where the architectural ensemble of buildings stood in perfect harmony and deserved the most attention in this quarter was conducted a number of serious restoration work.
The quarter begins with the Plaza Nova, the oldest area of Barcelona, with which once it was possible to enter the territory of the Roman settlement “Barsine” and which in the XIII century was the most prosperous market town where they sold slaves as well. Here still two Roman towers that were part of the old city wall, which was the only protection of the city until the XIII century. To this period belongs the Bishop’s Palace (Palau Episcopal), which is located to the right of the Roman towers, thereby creating a striking contrast with the modern building of the College of Architects, the exterior frieze designed by Picasso.
Baroque facade of the XVIII century facing the Plaza Nova, should not mislead: actually, this is a very ancient Continue reading