Ancient Greek Architecture: The Ancient Greek Theaters

Greece is not only an amazingly beautiful country in Southeast Europe but it also carries rich history and culture. It is one of the most famous tourist spots. All year round tourists congregate to Greece to experience the beauty of touristic attractions that are spread all over Greece. For tourists, the awesome sights and traveling in Greece can be extremely worthwhile. Some of the famous monuments and ancient pieces of the Greek architecture, which tourists love to visit, are the Greek theaters. A look at the History of Greek Theaters The prehistoric Greek drama was initiated from Orphic Mysteries in

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Byzantine church architecture: Influences of culture

Byzantine Empire or the eastern Roman Empire was created to adjust administration control on the kingdom. At the same time there were some remains of the Arabic civilization in all aspects of like. Slowly very slowly the Roman culture and civilization started getting influenced by the remains of another great civilization. To go through the Byzantine church styles it is found that the architecture of the early churches were purely leveraged on Roman architecture and as time progressed they changed to bring  in more Arabic or Islamic architecture styles in it. There are many places today where the churches are

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The Heraeum temples

Heraeum temple is an ancient temple also known as sanctuary which was dedicated to Hera queen of Olympian gods. There were many temples of this kind with the most important of them being the Argive Heraeum located about 5 miles northeast Argos in Greece.  This is where Hera’s cult was actually established early in 750 BC. This is a location that was also home to a number of other temples of which the last known temple was Doric order which was designed by architect Eupolemos in 423 BC.  The temple housed a very important gold as well as ivory statue

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Byzantine art and Architecture

The Roman Empire was divided into two parts, the Eastern and Western Roman Empires before it fell in 476 AD. Out of these two parts the “Western Roman Empire fell down in 476 AD. However, the Eastern Roman Empire did not fall and was miraculously saved to preserve the Roman culture. Constantinople was declared as the capital city and the Eastern Roman Empire became the Byzantine Empire. After that the development of the empire started. The first and foremost achievement of the Byzantine Empire was the construction of religious buildings with fabulous and charming designs. Among the other innovations, the

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Cycladic Architecture

Cycladic architecture has greatly influenced Greece in so many ways.  Its uniqueness and also the charm are some of the remnants that are still remembered today and also widely used in many places as well as modern building structures.  In most cases they can be seen in the rapid growing tourist sector where most newly constructed hotels and restaurants are strongly using the architectural ideas from medieval times to further give tourists a taste of ancient culture and civilization.  The reputations of these architectural designs are still well recognized and continue to spread further to Greece borders. if you happen

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Byzantine Castles: How they were built

In Byzantium, the castle had purely military character and its mission was to protect the empire from the Barbarians. The most of the Byzantine cities were walled entirely. The frightening aspect of the walls, the difficulty of manufacture, the labyrinthine mazes, the conflicts and the violence caused legends which are alive until the recent days. The castles were built at defensible locations to control nearby roads and provide security for their inhabitants and those of the surrounding area in times of war. They provided the basic functions of an urban center but their confinement and often uneven terrain affected urban

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Ancient Greek Architecture – Doric and Ionic Temples

During the earlier periods of Greek history (eg Minoan) there were no separate temples and the places of worship of the gods were located inside the palaces or mansions. After the geometrical age however, the Greeks had been in contact with the cultures of the eastern peoples and they were influenced by them, so they began to build separate buildings, temples to worship their gods there. Inside the temple there was nothing except the statue of the god or goddess. The people remained outside the temple. Moreover the altar for the sacrifices was located outside the temple as well, except

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Famous Churches in Greece

Greece is a beautiful country which is known for its culture, artistic influence, political contributions and religious significance. It is an independent country.  It is recorded that around 98% of the population in Greece are known to be belonging to the Orthodox Church. You can also find Jews, Muslims and Roman Catholics in Greece, who comprise the rest of the population. Greece, like Russia, consists of such huge population of Orthodox Christians. The country is a very religious country and people are engrossed in profound religious matters. The faith in the religion is evident from the number of churches that

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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

1.    The Great Pyramid The giant pyramid is the oldest of the seven wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one that survives up to this date. It was the tallest structure on earth and it was retained like this for its first 4,000 years. Royal tomb The Great Pyramid was built to become the grave of “Khufu”. He was one of the pharaohs, the kings of ancient Egypt. The tomb was completed around 2580 BC. He later built two more pyramids, one for his son and the other for his grandson and some smaller ones for their wives.

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Angelokastro Corfu

Angelokastro is one of the most vital Byzantine Castles within Greece. It is situated on the Corfu island at the highest peak of island’s beach within northwest coast close to Palaiokastritsa, which is particularly built on the rocky and precipitous terrain. It is based on thousand ft. on the steep cliff over the beautiful sea.  As per the survey of the City of Corfu as well as mountains of the Greek mainland it stands towards the southeast as well as a large area of Corfu to the northwest and northeast.  However, the origin of this name is never cleared as

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