- An ancient Ossetian epic mentions the heroic horseman - the patron of soldiers and men. Later, under the influence of Orthodoxy, the image of that rider joined with the image of St. George, who has a special significance for the Ossetians. The Monument of St. George in Ossetia is the highest equestrian statue in the world. It seems as if the holy warrior escaped from the rock and congealed for a moment above the road.
- Next, you should see the rock fortress of the 13th century in Dzivgis, which seats more than 100 soldiers. The fortress merges with the rocks and is invisible to the uninitiated. There are many similar structures in the Caucasus, but this is the largest one.
- And finally you must visit the City of the dead in Dargavs. Since the 14th century, this mystical place has been the last refuge for the nearby mountain nation. The town has more than 90 stone crypts of different sizes, but with a similar architecture (which, by the way, is reminiscent of the temple towers in Cambodia!).
In these tombs people buried their dead. A body was brought into a tomb through a window, which was closed afterwards with a wooden shield. Another amazing fact is that the dead were placed in hollowed wooden boats!
Just remember the mythical river of the underworld of the dead, the river of time.
The Jewish cemetery
The Mediterranean Sea. I love this terrific colour!
Somewhere near Dead sea
Armageddon - the site of gathering of armies for a battle during the end times
The Sea of Galilee
He is very old, but looks like a puppy=)
A real cute puppy...
...who protects this birdie!
But, unfortunately, not all of them were happy to see us...)
Russian churches are the most beautiful!=)
A typical house for a peasant family of moderate means. The faсade is decorated with wood-carving.
Well with a Wheel (19th century)
Wells of this type were called “stupalny” (from the Russian word which means “to tread”). A person got into the wheel with wooden stairs inside and treading on them, rotated the wheel for lifting water. Two large buckets descended alternately into the well.
The Museum of wood architecture and Peasant’s Life was created in the 1960s and 1970s. It consists of the churches, dwelling houses and domestic outbuildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. All the structures were brought here from different villages situated in the Vladimir region.
Windmills (18th century)
ps and cats everywhere!=)
The pine woods were replaced by bogs, deserts, and freakish rocks. And, of course, uncountable lakes which had no end were around. I think, if you looked at Karelia from space, it would be possible to see a green carpet on which dew drops glitter.
The Lake Onega
The perfect mirrors are everywhere!
It's terrific every season.
It is possible to tell a lot about this amazing Polish composer. Let's just imagine this man – with a height of 176 cm he weighed only 46-48 kg! That wasn't a physical body! Only hair, eyes and long fingers. The gypsum mould of his hand is stored in a museum in Krakow.
All life of Chopin was a fight against the illness. He didn't cough when he was composing music, it helped him. Image the Friederich is possible to see in his waltz. As if the lonely small paper ship fights against waves, comes up and again promptly flies down.
Yeah! I've done it!!!))
It's so cool when you can come running home after work, throw a few things in a small backpack and wake up in other city the next morning.
This weekend, I woke up in a city with a thousand-year history - Kazan.
Welcome to Kazan!
This city is interesting not only for its antiquity, but also for its eclecticism.
Muslim mosques peacefully stand next to Christian cathedrals, old wooden houses – to brand new high-rise buildings.
It is possible to visit the Kremlin free of charge.
Here our attention is drawn by the well-known leaning tower of Syuyumbika. At present the deviation of its spike from the vertical is 1,98 m.
Several scholars date its construction to the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, when the tiered towers were exceedingly popular in Russia.
In one of the legends, the tower was constructed by the queen Syuyumbika in memory of her husband Safa-Girey, who died in 1549. According to another, it was built on the order of Ivan the Terrible in seven days (symbolizing seven of its circles) after the capture of Kazan in 1552 on the condition that queen Syuyumbika would be dumped from the seventh circle. In one of the versions of this legend, the Russian tsar offered to take her in marriage.
Though similar legends include some historic facts, they are absolutely far from reality.
On the main pedestrian street of Bauman, you can see some curious objects: the city symbol – the Kazan cat, street clocks in Arab style where lovers meet, the pigeon fountain, the monument to the carriage of empress Ekaterina II.
The monument of the Kazan cat was presented in 2009. A proverb has been engraved at the foot of the monument: “Kazan cat has an Astrakhanian brain and Siberian mind”.
Kazan cats were famous for their excellent mouser qualities. As legends state, this cat brings wealth home. Probably because of that in 1745 Elizabeth of Russia issued “A decree to send cats to the Royal Court”. 30 mousers were sent then to Saint Petersburg. When Catherine the Great visited Kazan, the symbol of the richness, Kazan cat, was presented to her also.
Catherine the Great’s carriage on the Bauman street is a replica of the carriage in which the empress travelled around, whilst in Kazan. “The Carriage of Her Majesty has eight horses and each horse has one stableman. In front of the horse four courtler outrunners have been walked and two araps, three on each side" - newspapers wrote.
Astonished Kazan people followed the carriage as it passed by. Catherine admired by the hospitality of the Kazan aristocracy and the city itself. "Undeniably, this city is the first in Russia after Moscow... As seen everywhere, Kazan is a capital of a big kingdom" - she wrote.
27 km from Kazan, there is the monastery, which is already 4 centuries old!
Raifa Virgin monastery
A very long time ago, the lake near the monastery was occupied by very vociferous and noisy frogs. Every evening, they sang so loudly, that the monks couldn't pray. Then the monks begged God that He calmed the frogs.
Since then, all frogs on the lake have become silent. And even when brought from other places – here frogs become silent. Now I can confirm that also)
I described only a small part of everything I have seen. You could study the city for years, and yet never be bored.
Awesome in the morning and at night
"My God, it's so good to stay with You: fragrant air, the mountains stretching to the sky, waters, as the boundless mirrors reflecting gold of beams and ease of clouds. You brought us into this life, as into a bewitching paradise. We've seen the sky as a deep blue bowl in which azure birds sing, we heard the pacifying murmur of the forest and the sweet music of waters, we ate sweet fruits and fragrant honey.
It is so good on Your earth, it is joyful at Your visit.
All nature is mysteriously whispered to, all is full of caresses, both birds and animals bear the stamp of Your love."