Anthony cave

The Anthony caves of the Troitsko-illinsky monastery in Chernihiv – is a monument of religious architecture X I – XIX centuries. They were founded in 1069 as a Christian cave monastery by Prince Svyatoslav Yaroslavich and the famous Church figure of the era of Kievan Rus, a native of the city of Liubech – Anthony of the caves. Initially the monastery was called Theotokos (Mother of God monastery). The chronicler claims that Anthony came to Chernihiv, fleeing from the wrath of the Prince of Kiev Izyaslav. He “loved” the Boldin hills and dug themselves a cave. The Foundation of the monastery was closely connected with a sharp rivalry between the two biggest cultural and political centers of the state – Kyiv and Chernihiv.

In Kiev at the same time, there was already the monastery of the caves, which have become very popular. Chernigov Prince Svyatoslav, in an effort to counter his capital the “mother of Russian cities”, with Anthony decided to create on the Boldin hills monastery similar to cave.

Intensive development of the monastery continued until the year 1239, when Chernihiv was destroyed by the Mongol-Tatars. Proof of this can be built in early X century II near the entrance to the cave stone Elias Church. Then came a period of decline, which continued until the X V I century. At this time, according to experts, the reconstruction of the monastery. Continue reading

The Cathedrals Of France

The Cathedrals Of France

When people talk about the cathedrals of France . the first comes to mind is the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame – Notre Dame de Paris.

This is one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in France, located on île de La Cité in the middle of the river Seine, where, in fact, began as Paris itself.

Start of construction of the Cathedral belongs to the 12th century, it lasted over two centuries, but the impressive spires on the towers were never built.

Undergone extensive renovations in the 19th century, the Cathedral was complemented by a dramatic meeting of chimeras – the world of fabulous monsters, looked down from the roof to human vanity at the bottom.

Thousands of tourists come daily to the walls of the Cathedral, and you will be among them when visiting the French capital.

Also deserve the attention of several beautiful and famous cathedrals, outside of Paris.

One of the most famous cathedrals – the Cathedral in Reims. And he’s famous in the first place, because it was used in coronation of all French kings for many centuries.

The Cathedral is one of the great works of French Gothic architecture, and celebrated its 800-year anniversary in 2011.

Absolutely beautiful Rouen Cathedral. which, in my opinion, can be attributed to the top ten of the best European cathedrals .

Replete with many sculptures on the outer walls of the Cathedral, famous for its extraordinary stained glass Windows, very tall Continue reading

Castles Of The Czech Republic


The main asset of this country is, as is well known, landmarks of Prague. thermal resorts and Gothic castles. Last as part of the compulsory curriculum in a tourist hunting for attractions.

More than two and a half thousand castles. To visit all, at least, dangerous for physical health and nervous condition. Although daily visiting one ancient Palace, you can visit all of them for several years. Appropriate classification of castles by style, as in this country fully presents three architectural styles: Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance. This review will help to know what Gothic castles in the Czech Republic require special attention.

The chief representative of the Gothic style is the capital: Prague castle – castle of enormous size, located in the heart of the main Czech cities. Prague castle a century ago, was the Royal residence. Today the walls of the Gothic castle is home to the President of the Republic, and it is safe to say that other European presidents can only dream about the residence of this size. Prague castle is a store of architectural attractions, the chief of which can be called the Cathedral of St. Vitus.

The second Prague castle, separating the Old Place from the outside world – Vysehrad. In the race for the old Vysehrad surpasses even Continue reading

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