Scientists: ancient temples can be residential houses
Archaeologists believe that ancient buildings which are considered to be the temples of our ancestors, could have had quite another purpose.
Ancient buildings, discovered in Turkey, are considered the oldest temples in the world. But archaeologist Ted Banning of the University of Toronto (Canada) thought that they had no exclusive religious purpose. The expert believes that the buildings of Göbekli Tepe were built for people and not gods, reports “Kompyulenta”.
Gobekli is a hill located near the town of Urfa. In 1995, Klaus Schmidt of the German archaeological Institute and colleagues from the Museum Lizbon (Turkey) discovered the remains of immense buildings with large stone pillars, many of which are carved snakes, Scorpions, foxes, and other animals.
The presence of works of art and significant efforts that were supposed to make builders and decorators, as well as the lack of evidence for any permanent settlement in the area made Schmidt and his colleagues to conclude that here was a sacred place, where pilgrims come, — a kind of Neolithic (or even Mesolithic) Delphi. Buildings more than ten thousand years.
Banning offers a different interpretation. It indicates Continue reading
In Eastern and South-Eastern sector of the Park Shartash there are a number of quite unusual and of unknown purpose. At first glance, they can be attributed to the natural landforms (as marked on the old maps and rare now), or the traces of human activity (thus, official history and archaeology carries it to the quarry of the XIX and XX centuries). However, strict geometry plans, multidirectional cut the corners of the walls, the thick joints of the giant granite slabs, circular as in the amphitheater, carved heavy plate- “seat” and many other oddities about the cult background data megalithic structures.
There is the view of some scholars that these objects are most likely a temple complex constructed on a natural Foundation of granite slabs and subjected for thousands of years the processes of weathering. Granite isomorphic. Therefore when splitting forms a straight line. In addition, natural criminalist longitudinal nature, creating a stratified granite, creates natural preconditions for the formation of future “mattress” weathering.
Shartash “foundations” can be considered either purely natural forms of relief, in fact, depicted on topographic maps, or mixed – natural and anthropogenic (quarries). A number of signs indicating Continue reading
The Gothic style was the first rather original architectural style which was born in Northern Europe. More than 300 years the rising up, penetrated by light cathedrals and churches were an embodiment of humility and arrogance of medieval Christians.
The Romanesque style dominated architecture in the early middle ages, was impressed, first of all, the squat massiveness of forms. Thick walls, huge columns and powerful buttresses left little room light that did cathedrals and churches, gloomy and strict constructions plunging in awe. Then, in the middle of the TWELFTH century, in France there was a completely different type of Church constructions. Though their spires seemed to touch the heavens, structurally new churches were much more graceful and easier. Inside the building amazed the height and abundance of light. Continue reading