Your world is filled with structures that have stood the test of time. That give character to the cities and landscapes in which they’re located. That are visited by millions of people each year. And that capture our wonder for the marvels of engineering innovation and progress.
But while structures such as the Giza pyramids, Brunelleschi’s dome, and the Brooklyn Bridge are visual spectacles in and of themselves, they are just as important for the way they were designed as for the way they look. These and other structural masterpieces were, first and foremost, novel creations born from the most progressive engineering concepts and tools of their day. They represent uniquely effective solutions to perplexing structural concerns. And they serve as landmark moments in the millennia-long history
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The most interesting map of the Turkish Admiral Piri Reis is the coastline of Antarctica. The map was compiled in the sixteenth century based on the Greek maps of the time of Alexander the great. Antarctica shown on the map with accuracy comparable to satellite observations.
In 1995 on the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered a large chip is made of clay, which depicts a device resembling an outline of modern heavy helicopter. The subject recovered from the cultural layer 2 thousand years ago.
The highest artificial mound in England hiding an ancient stepped pyramid. The surrounding fields regularly appear mysterious circles of flattened wheat and other drawings.
Nazca – mysterious plateau, has for centuries haunting the scientists of the world. Nobody knows where it take great pictures. Continue reading
When I looked down from the towers of Notre Dame, I had a lot of strange thoughts. How many centuries have passed beneath these towers! How many changes – and how little anything has changed!
A small medieval town, surrounded by fields, vineyards and forests. Then growing Paris which several times moved their walls. Paris of the last centuries, which, as noted by Victor Hugo, ‘changing its face once in fifty years’. And people. They’re always going somewhere just past those towers, always somewhere in a hurry – and always there were; they could not see, did not notice; these are the same people. And the towers are the same, with the same chimeras that look at the city, forever changing, forever threatened and forever remaining the same.
Here clearly can see two lines in the life of mankind. One is the life of all the people below; the other is the life line of those who built Notre Dame. Looking down from these towers you feel that the real history of mankind, worthy of mention, and there is a story of the builders of Notre Dame, and not those who pass by. And you realize that these two stories are incompatible. Continue reading