On June, 3, 1954 in the Sahara was discovered tomb of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh Sanheta (2570 BC). But today it would be nice to recall the other significant findings, which are now undeservedly forgotten.
The Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang
The army of the first Qin Emperor is presented by 700 thousand sculptures. They were buried together with their ruler. Though, sculptures were not enough for Qin Shi Huang. He was afraid of going to heaven alone and for security reasons took a pretty real army with him. According to various sources, together with the monarch, about 70 thousand people were buried alive…
As it often happens, the hidden army was found by accident. In 1974 farmers began to drill wells to solve the problem of water shortage. To their great surprise instead of underground source they saw the whole pottery horde. By the way, every warrior is individual and does not look like the others. Even modern science is puzzled with understanding means of such filigree work.
The Rosetta Stone
This is a name of basalt stone wall dated 196 BC. It is covered with numerous engravings: from Egyptian hieroglyphs to official decrees. Captain Pierre-François Bouchard spotted a slab with inscriptions at the end of the 18th century during Napoleon's campaign in Egypt.
Now the significance of the Rosetta stone can hardly be overestimated. Owing to it, historians and archaeologists got a chance to learn a lot more about Egyptian culture and law. In fact, the Constitution of ancient civilization was discovered: scripts on this basalt wall describe laws of ancient times.
Thanks to this unexpected finding modern world could learn about Sumerian and Persian civilizations. The mount is referred to the time of King Darius. It bears inscriptions in many languages. The text begins with biography of the Persian monarch and captures events from lives of the subsequent rulers Cyrus the Great and Cambyses II.
The script tells the story of Cambyses’s campaign in Egypt. The same events were also mentioned by Herodotus, though the mount contains description in much greater details. It is quite obvious that everything was written not by outside observers, but by people involved in the epic events of dimly remembered days.
So, if you look closely, you can find a great deal. And surely ahead we have even greater discoveries of precious heritage. The main thing is not to perceive life with blurred look. After all, even quite familiar and thousand times explored places can conceal many secrets waiting to be revealed with desire and vigour.
Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.
Merely on hearing “Silk Road” we picture valiant wanderers and caravans full of precious items and exotic articles that cross countries and continents. Today we tell about Tajik cities that acted as major transfer points on this trading artery.
Stereotypes are terrible. They form a definite picture of the world in our heads, and it is not so easy to change. Take, for instance, the concept of skyscraper: imagination of 90% people immediately provoke skyline of American cities, familiar from movies and TV. It is quite logical, but nowadays panorama of the best luxury skyscrapers is in other direction – keep moving to the East. For Arab structures may outdo Western ones in all respects.
Sauntering through picturesque nooks of Grand Dame Europe we look around without even suspecting how many interesting things there are beneath our feet. If you are annoyed with standard tours that include marathon race around museums and monuments, we suggest you have a look at good Old World from a different perspective. Or more specifically, look under its feet.
What do you imagine when you hear the word "abbey"? I'm sure most people will first of all think of Westminster. But what if I said that in fact it is no longer an abbey? So what makes these medieval buildings so special? Let's look at the example of buildings from different European countries.
"A small territory with a great mission" is the motto under which on February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See recognized Vatican as a sovereign territory. It was an agreement which opened doors for curious patrons who for centuries had been trading gossip about "What is kept inside Vatican castles?".
Why have three wives if there is a chance to get hold of jewels? And as soon as a name of a king becomes “nourished” with a collection of family relics, one can start thinking about the one and only who will continue a reputed kin. Knowing that Thirty Years’ War was about to begin, Christian IV of Denmark and Norway ordered to build a castle that would be impossible to destroy.
In the very heart of jungles, surrounded by a stripe of water around the perimeter, a huge regular-shaped rectangle that seems like it is giving geometry classes to the starts overlooking it is situated. Silent skies saw times of shiny glory and painful descent of this amazing object. Over five centuries it had been the prime pearl of the mysterious Khmer Empire, its crowning glory and its enemies’ envy.
Buddhists say: to get rid of suffering, one should get rid of desire. There are special places for that. Today we suggest you to check out our top five of stunning temples, where Buddhists and tourists are looking for a way to harmony for their souls.
The architecture of temples has interesting and sometimes controversial history. Quite often the novelties and fundamentals of movements in architecture started with the building of temples with sophisticated design. The Polish Roman Catholic churches are rather bright in their beauty.
There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
Mosque, is a prayer building with a dome. It has adjacent minaret towers, there can be not more then nine minarets; stepping inside a pilgrim sees ancient writings which are lines from the Quran. Only Arabic words adorn the walls, portrait painting is prohibited. Today we will tell our readers about the most extraordinary treasures of the Muslim world.
Sometimes it happens that you look at a postcard with a picture of a city and instantly realize that this is Kyiv, or Moscow, or Rome or your native village. And it isn’t courtesy of your geography teacher but back-breaking efforts of artisans with whose hands commonly familiar architecture masterpieces were created. Today we recall Italian conqueror of marble Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Seoul of South Korea that blisteringly turned from an ancient city of a poor country into a prospering capital of an advanced state over 20th century, definitely deserves respect; as much esteem is earned by those municipal officials and patriots who, in times of explosive industrialization, managed to preserve glorious heritage of the past – royal palaces of Joseon dynasty.
It is said, the easier it is, the better we feel, however, is it always like that? We know that not all the nations follow this principle. OUTLOOK has found out the strangest, toughest and hard in articulation international languages and would like to share it with the readers.
Georgia, which a little more than ten years ago hit the path of serious reforms, has changed much, not only becoming more democratic and more successful, but the state has also updated its look. Architects from around the world successfully worked here creating over all the territory a number of important and unique objects symbolizing country rebirth.
About Picasso as a distinctive artist, graphic artist and sculptor, we know to some extent everything. Meanwhile, his other incarnations are pushed into the background. Ilya Ehrenburgh once very concisely described Pablo Picasso’s relations with his era: “20th century found in him its own dynamite expert, its own philosopher and its own poet”.
OUTLOOK prepared for you a gallery of statues created in honour of the famous fictional characters of children's books which seem to come to life in their own city. Immerse yourself in the world of childhood, browsing the article, and maybe find your favorite characters!
First exhibition of paintings in the world’s most visited museum the Louvre was opened on 1793. But its building was well-known far beyond France, though the edifice was not used with such lofty cultural purposes.