Wawel castle
Wawel castle (Zamek Królewski na Wawelu), there is evidence that for many centuries Krakow was the center of the Polish state. Today visit the ancient Royal residence - a fascinating…

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Gothic architecture
Since the second half of the XII century in Western Europe, and especially in Northern France, there is a new style of architecture, radically different from the Romanesque and Gothic…

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Understanding the greatest buildings of the world

 

 

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
of engineering.

Now, experience the engineering genius that makes these works possible with Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity—a marvelous learning experience that takes you around the world and reveals the stories behind the most famous bridges, churches, skyscrapers, towers, and other structures from thousands of years of history. Delivered by award-winning Professor Stephen Continue reading

Mysterious facts

10th place:

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.

9th place:

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.

8th place:

The highest artificial mound in England hiding an ancient stepped pyramid. The surrounding fields regularly appear mysterious circles of flattened wheat and other drawings.

7th place:

Nazca – mysterious plateau, has for centuries haunting the scientists of the world. Nobody knows where it take great pictures. Continue reading

Mysterious dragon houses of Evia

Very interesting archaeological wonder is located in southern Evia . this 25 famous huge constructions called Drakospita (‘dragon house’). They are always located on steep slopes, towering above the terrain and is built of huge limestone blocks with pyramidal roof: the opposite walls converge, and the boards stacked on top of each other, each of which protrudes over the lower. Among other architectural features – monolithic jambs and lintels and projecting stone shelves from the walls.

There are many theories that explain who, when, how and why they built the dragon dwelling. Some claim that this ancient sanctuary of Zeus, Hera or Hercules. Others believe that it could be guard posts or protective facilities, and even shelters for lumberjacks. Whatever the truth, their Grand size and method of construction constitute an amazing mystery!

Drakospita mountains Oxx

Most impressive of all the dragon houses of Evia is the structure located on mount Ochi at a height of 1389 metres, just above the village of Karystos. The amazing thing is that they have not used any of the connecting material, and a huge plate decorated with a decorative carving and fit exactly to each other. Continue reading