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Medieval Europeans had noses, eyes and ears — and they used them

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But the figure seen in this manuscript, from the late 10th or early 11th century, seems lost in her own private ecstasy rather than a functionary of the ...
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Tapestry with the Offering of the Heart, ca. 1400-1410, wool and silk. (RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY) BALTIMORE — It can be dizzying to keep up with all the numbers that had symbolic significance during the Middle Ages. There was, of course, the union of three in the Holy Trinity, four cardinal virtues, five wounds delivered to Christ, seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and 39 names for Jesus Christ. And not all the numbers expressed religious symbolism. There were also four points on the compass, four seasons and four phases of the moon, plus five essences and five categories for living things, and seven liberal arts. An engrossing exhibition at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore focuses on the five senses as a unifying theme, and i...
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Geilistirinkirkin – eine Stadt im Herzen des Reviers

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Gladbeck ist im 10. Jahrhundert schon Gladbeki, „Siedlung am glänzenden Bach“. Die Ähnlichkeit zu „Gladbotki“ fällt auf, dem Spottnamen für die für ...
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Ruhrgebiet. Die Namen sind andere, ihre Bedeutungen von Geheimnissen umwittert. Hier lesen Sie, wann die Städte auftauchen, die heute das Ruhrgebiet sind. Und: wie sie hießen. Bochum führt ein Buch im Wappen, aber das ist Hochstapelei mit Begriffen: Erstmals erwähnt wird es 890 als Aidanbochem. Vermutlich: Siedlung bei Buchen. Bottrop: 1092 erwähnt als Barthorpe, „Dorf am Hügel“. Castrop stammt schon 834 von der Villa Castorpe ab, „Dorf am Speicher“. Rauxel erscheint 1266 als Roukessele, als „Krähenwiese“. Dortmund tritt im Jahr 882 als Throtmanni ins Licht. Die Interpretation „Trotzige Männer“ gilt als Wunschdenken, im Raum steht auch „Gurgelnder Bach“. Duisburg taucht 883 auf. Anlass: ein Überfall der Wikinger. Tusburch wird übersetzt ...
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Ruhr area. The names are different, their meanings of secrets umwittert. Here you read when the towns appear, which today are the Ruhr area. And: how they were called. Bochum shall keep a register in the coat of arms, but this is fraud with terms: it is first mentioned 890 as Aidanbochem. Probably: Settlement of beech. Bottrop: 1092 mentioned as Barthorpe, "Village on the Hill". Castrop-rauxel comes from already 834 from the Villa Castorpe, "Village of the memory". Rauxel 1266 appears as Roukessele, as the "Field of crows". Dortmund occurs in the year 882 as Throtmanni in the light. The interpretation of "Defiant men" considered to be wishful thinking, is also in the room "Gurgling Brook". Duisburg emerging 883. Reason: an ambush of the Vikings. Tusburch is translated...
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Ziryab: A Forgotten Innovator of Music, Gastronomy and Style

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... Golden Age, which for hundreds of years saw the region act as a vital cultural hub, planted the roots for the fourteenth century Renaissance.
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A massive part of our modern lifestyles can be attributed to one man who lived over a thousand years ago. From men having short hair and shaving to the order in which we eat a meal, the list of innovations that can be traced back to Abul-Hasan Alí Ibn Nafí, most often known by his nickname Ziryab, is remarkable; yet he is shrouded in obscurity, seldom mentioned in history books in the West. Ziryab first gained fame as a master musician, responsible for bringing the lute (Oud) to western Europe and revolutionising the potential of the instrument by adding an extra bass string and using an eagle’s quill instead of wood for a plectrum. He also founded a hugely influential music school in Cordoba, Spain, helping translate Eastern ideas into ...
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Search on to find more monasteries in Vadnagar

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... seventh century Gujarat. A year after, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) started work at the site to find the monasteries mentioned by the traveller.
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AHMEDABAD: Vadnagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's native in north Gujarat, became centre of attraction during Chinese premier Xi Jinping's visit in 2014 when the former had invoked the region's Buddhist heritage and travels by Hieun Tsang (Zuanzang) in seventh century Gujarat. A year after, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) started work at the site to find the monasteries mentioned by the traveller. Gujarat state archaeology department has already excavated a monastery in the town. Second season of the excavation this year was initiated by a ceremony performed by Dr Mahesh Sharma, MoS, culture and tourism and Vijay Rupani, Gujarat CM, in presence of other ministers and ASI officers at Pithori Darwaja of the town on Thursday evening....
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Ruine droht der völlige Verfall

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Ruins of the total foreclosure threatens
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Im 15. Jahrhundert baute Pfalzgraf Friedrich I. die Anlage zu einer der damals modernsten Burgen Süddeutschlands aus, doch 1525 wurde sie im ...
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In the 15th century, count Palatine Friedrich I. expanded the system to one of the then most modern castles in southern Germany, but in 1525, she was in the...
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Südliche Weinstraße: Schildmauer der Burg Neu-Scharfeneck bei Edenkoben laut Verein in kritischem Zustand / Appell an Denkmalschutz Von unserem Mitarbeiter Rolf Sperber Der Scharfeneck-Verein schlägt Alarm wegen des schlechten Zustands der Burg. "Im Inneren brechen immer wieder Steine herunter." © venus Flemlingen. Die einst mächtigste Schildmauer einer mittelalterlichen Burg in der Pfalz ist zu ihrer Schwachstelle geworden - und deshalb sind die Mitglieder des Scharfeneck-Vereins in der Südpfalz alarmiert. "Wenn in den nächsten zwei, drei Jahren nicht etwas zur Erhaltung der Schildmauer geschieht, ist die imposante Burgruine Neu-Scharfeneck vom Verfall bedroht," warnt Walter Obermann, seit 2004 Vorsitzender des Scharfeneck-Vereins. Die ...
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Südliche Weinstraße: curtain wall of the newly-Scharfeneck Castle in Edenkoben according to Club in critical condition / appeal to preservation of our colleague Rolf Sperber of Scharfeneck Club raises the alarm because of the poor condition of the Castle. "Inside the bricks down. breaking again" © venus Flemlingen. The once most powerful shield wall of a medieval castle in the Palatinate has become their weakness - and therefore the members of Scharfeneck Association are alerted in the Palatinate. "If in the next two or three years not to maintain the shield wall, the imposing ruins of newly-Scharfeneck is threatened by decay," Walter Obermann warns, since 2004 Chairman of the Association of Scharfeneck. The...
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Mittelalterliche Bildgeometrie. La géométrie des images médiévales (Dresden)

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Dans le courant du XIVe siècle et surtout pendant le XVe siècle, les schémas deviennent de plus en plus des images en un sens plus moderne.
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La géométrie des images médiévales Dresden, Schlosskapelle (Residenzschloss), 23-25 nov. 2016 On le sait (le sait-on ?), une image, au Moyen-Age, n’est pas composée selon les règles de la perspective. C’est à la compréhension d’un autre modèle géométrique, sur lequel s’appuyèrent les images médiévales, et qui disparut au cours du XVIe siècle, que ce colloque sera consacré. Pour quelles raisons ? Les images médiévales ont-elles quelque rapport avec la géométrie ? N’est-ce pas la plus mauvaise manière de parler d’elles, qui s’entêtent à ne pas respecter des règles simples de proportion, qui sont parfois incapables de tracer deux lignes parallèles, et qui souvent n’essaient même pas d’esquisser un paysage un tant soi peu cohérent ? Il faut ...
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The geometry of the medieval images Dresden, Schlosskapelle (Residenzschloss), 23-25 nov. 2016. we know (we know that?), a picture, in the middle ages, is not composed according to the rules of perspective. It is the understanding of another geometric model, on which leaned medieval, and images which disappeared during the 16th century, that this Conference will be dedicated. For what reasons? The medieval images have something to do with geometry? -That's the worst way to talk about them, who insist did not follow simple rules of proportion, who are sometimes unable to draw two parallel lines, and which often do not even try to sketch a landscape so one little coherent? It takes...
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Avec la fin des fouilles, l'abbatiale de Payerne livre ses premiers secrets

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... et les extensions de la première église bâtie entre le VIIe et le Xe siècle, et de clarifier les étapes de construction du XIe au XVe siècle de l'abbatiale ...
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Dans le cadre de la restauration de l’édifice roman en cours depuis deux ans et prévue jusqu’en 2017, des fouilles se sont déroulées dans le sous-sol et à l’extérieur de la nef. Elles ont permis de confirmer ou d’infirmer d’anciennes hypothèses, de révéler de nouveaux éléments et de combler certaines lacunes, indique le canton de Vaud vendredi dans un communiqué.Les archéologues ont découvert notamment une première construction en bois remontant au IIe siècle. Ils ont également mis au jour un cimetière médiéval beaucoup plus important qu’estimé jusqu’ici.Sarcophage de l’an milleAu total, les spécialistes ont documenté 165 tombes dans et autour de la nef, dont de nombreuses laissées intactes lors de fouilles précédentes. Parmi elles, un s...
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As part of restoring Romanesque building ongoing two years and projected to 2017, excavations took place in the basement and outside the nave. They confirmed or set aside old assumptions, to reveal new items and to fill certain gaps, said the canton of Vaud on Friday in a statement. Archaeologists have discovered including a first construction in wood dating back to the 2nd century. They have also updated the a much more important medieval cemetery, that felt so far. Sarcophagus of year total milleAu, specialists have documented 165 graves in and around the nave, including many intact left during previous excavations. Among them, a s...
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Elle redonne une nouvelle vie à sa maison du XVe siècle

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La Roche-Derrien Elle redonne une nouvelle vie à sa maison du XVe siècle. Rozenn Nicol a acheté sa maison de la place du Martray à La ...
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Cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir « Je n’ai toujours pas trouvé de trésor dans cette maison. Mais elle m’a fait un cadeau extraordinaire. » Rozenn Nicol a acheté sa bâtisse à La Roche-Derrien en 2003. Une maison avec une façade en ardoise. « Mon projet était d’enlever ces ardoises. J’étais persuadée qu’il s’agissait d’une maison à colombages. » Or, les Bâtiments de France voulaient une rénovation à l’identique. Aucun doute « Il fallait que j’apporte la preuve de ce que j’avançais. Alors, un samedi matin, de rage, j’ai cassé un mur du premier étage à la masse. J’ai d’abord trouvé une épaisseur de polystyrène. » Et elle a poursuivi son ouvrage. « Là, je vois apparaître une fenêtre cintrée. Résultat, j’ai tout dégagé. Ça ne faisait plus a...
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Click on the image to enlarge it "I have still not found treasure in this House. But she gave me a tremendous gift. "Rozenn Nicol bought its building at La Roche-Derrien in 2003. A House with a façade in Slate. "My project was to remove these slates. I was convinced that it was a half-timbered House. "However, the buildings of France wanted a renovation to the same. No doubt "he had to bring proof of what I was doing. Then, one Saturday morning, with rage, I broke a wall of the first floor to ground. I first found a thickness of polystyrene. "And she continued his work. "Here, I see a curved window. Result, I cleared everything. It was more a...
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Kumano Kodo: walking Japan's ancient Camino

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The esoteric sect was founded in Koyasan in the ninth century by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai, who is said to have chosen this place for its ...
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At the end of Kumano Kodo, a 1,000-year-old pilgrimage trail through the Kii mountains of Japan, travellers are urged to step inside a huge camphor tree that the centuries have hollowed out and turned into a symbol of eternal renewal. Locals believe that climbing through this sacred, moss-furred giant will revitalise anyone wearied in body or spirit by their journey. But for even the most jaded visitors, the view that lies ahead will do just as well. Beyond Buddhist and Shinto temples that hug this hillside together, a vermillion pagoda soars above the trees, and high over its shoulder a ribbon of white water unfurls from the forest to a rocky pool far below; when the traveller finally turns – there is the Pacific Ocean gleaming at the o...
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Why did Greenland's Vikings disappear?

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In the ninth century, the advances in seafaring technology that enabled Scandinavian Vikings to raid northern and central Europe also opened the way ...
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By Eli KintischNov. 10, 2016 , 9:00 AM In 1721, missionary Hans Egede sailed a ship called The Hope from Norway to Greenland, seeking Norse farmers whom Europeans hadn't heard from in 200 years in order to convert them to Protestantism. He explored iceberg-dotted fjords that gave way to gentle valleys, and silver lakes that shimmered below the massive ice cap. But when he asked the Inuit hunters he met about the Norse, they showed him crumbling stone church walls: the only remnants of 500 years of occupation. "What has been the fate of so many human beings, so long cut off from all intercourse with the more civilized world?" Egede wrote in an account of the journey. "Were they destroyed by an invasion of the natives … [or] perished by th...
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