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Category Archive: Countries and cities

The richest cities in history

richest cities in history

The richest cities in history


Reflecting on today’s rich cities we imagine a picture of tall skyscrapers and modern architectural innovations. At the same time few people think that there were metropolises and rich cities in the ancient world. Most often, they were the capitals of the vast empires, for example Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire, or Xian was one of the historical capitals of China. These cities became centers of wealth and prosperity because of their connection with major trade routes. According to modern standards, they were as rich (or even richer) as some famous today’s metropolises. In fact, they were the centers of technology, art and modern amenities, allowing their residents to live in comfort.
I’d like to tell you about a few of the most powerful and very rich cities of the ancient times.
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Pharos of Alexandria

Pharos of Alexandria

Pharos of Alexandria

You have probably heard about Alexandria, the city founded by Alexander the Great. This place was famous for a unique library which contained about 500,000 manuscripts, and, of course, for a remarkable lighthouse, one of the wonders of the ancient world.
If you look up the word “lighthouse” in the French, Italian or Spanish dictionaries, you will find pharos. Pharos was the name of the island in the harbour of Alexandria where the famous lighthouse once stood. Later the lighthouse came to be known as the Pharos of Alexandria.
Why was is so famous? There are many reasons. The Pharos of Alexandria was the tallest building on Earth. It was one of the most elegant structures ever built in ancient times. Its mirror was a mystery. It fascinated scientists and filled people with awe. It could reflect the light more than fifty kilometres away. Legend says this mysterious mirror could even detect and burn enemy ships before they could reach the shore. So amazing was this structure, that it by right earned its place in the list of the seven wonders of the ancient world. But of all the wonders only the Pharos of Alexandria had a practical use.
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Very strange place – Pokaini forest

Pokaini forest

Pokaini forest

There is a strong anomalous zone in Latvia, near Riga – Pokaini forest. Riga researcher Ivar Wicks explored this area. He believed that the legendary Holy Grail is not a treasure, but the flow of cosmic energy spills into the bowl of Pokaini forest. He told reporters about the mysterious properties of the stones which are in the forest and meteorological anomalies in 1996. And shortly thereafter, the researcher died of an unknown disease. Latvian scientist – physicist Eugene Sidorov continued exploration of the strange place.
Many tourists, attracted by the rumors about the healing power of this place, make a pilgrimage to Pokaini forest.
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Land of mountains, lochs and legends

A land of mountains, lochs and legends

A land of mountains, lochs and legends


My heart’s in the Highlands,
My heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer,
A-chasing wild deer and following the roe —
My hearts in the Highlands wherever I go…
Robert Burns

When you hear the word Scotland, what do you imagine? Probably, the men in chequered skirts, dull and sad sounds of bagpipes, gloomy grey castles on rocks, tasteless oatmeal porridge in the morning, fat sheep scattered in the green valleys, a lot of waste land, heather moors and almost no people, mysterious lochs with their monsters, smoking haggis and a very strange, almost non-understandable English…
Is this a true picture? Tо answer the question, let’s have a closer look at this mysterious country of legends and rich history, Scotland…
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