Saturday, September 15, 2012

Top of Russia Svyato-Spassky Convent in Kostomarovo — Russia churches History

Top of Russia Svyato-Spassky Convent in Kostomarovo — Russia churches History

The Svyato-Spassky Convent in Kostomarovo is an ancient cave monastery located about 150 kilometers south of the town of Voronezh, just 3-hours drive away. There are two churches in these caves: a big Spassky temple with columns and a small St. Seraphim Sarovsky church. The Spassky temple burrows deep into the chalky cliff to form a spacious interior that can house up to 2,000 people. 16 more images after the break...

According to legend, the first cave temples were built on the banks of the Don river, before the adoption of Christianity in Russia. Hermits and monks would use these ascetic cave cells to hide from persecution and it wasn’t until the 12th century that the first monastery was built. The monastery was built with the intention of providing parishioners a place to take refuge in case of enemy attacks and even sustain a long-term siege. Within the walls of the shrine were cut small cells for monks and hermits to live. Their only contact with the outside world was through a little window cut into the rock face.

When the communist came into power, the Svyato-Spassky church, along with thousands of other churches, mosques and temples across the nation was closed and the monks executed. During the Great Patriotic War (or World War 2) the caves of Svyato-Spassky provided shelter to Soviet soldiers and locals fighting the German troops. After the 1943 meeting between Stalin with Metropolitan Sergius, Orthodox churches were reopened. In 1946, the Svyato-Spassky church was officially registered as a Holy Savior Catholic Church.

Restoration of the shrine progressed quickly, but in the early 60's, at the direction of NS Khrushchev, the local authorities under the pretext that the church premises were unfit for further use, closed the temple. All the external building were burned and the cave flooded.

The modern church and convent was constructed in 1993. Through the efforts of ordinary believers the caves were cleaned out and the inside electrified. By 1997, the cave complex had living quarters, nursing corps, refectory and a chapel. Today the church is visited by pilgrims from all over Russia.

The World Most Amazing Top Ten Tunnels

The World  Most Amazing Top Ten Tunnels

01. This unusual tunnel can be seen in Sequoia National Park in California. Tunnel carved into a tree, which fell in 1937. Rather than take it off the road, park administration has decided to make it a tunnel. The tunnel is 5.18 meters wide and 2.44 meters in height. more tunnels pictures after the break...

02. Tunnel Prairie Lights in Texas. The tunnel, which is located in a beautiful park Lynn Creek, burning more than 4 million lights. Visitors will be surprised to see a very large color tunnel in the world.

03. It is a beautiful tunnel of trees is located in Ukraine in Kleve. The tunnel is called the " Tunnel of Love . " Picture taken by Oleg Gordienko.

04. The road through the Rock, Red Rock Canyon, Utah, USA.

05. This must be one of the most surreal, psychedelic and fun forms of public transport. Tunnel connects East Nanjin Rd and Pudong. A journey into a flashing glass capsule, which has a length of 647 meters.

06. This building was used as an exhibition center and the School of Art for 30 years. Now it has to be demolished and in its place erected a new building. As a farewell, local artists Dan Havel (Dan Havel) and Dean Cancer (Dean Ruck) turned it into an installation called "inversion." Using the board for the facade of the building, they have created a funnel vortex. This is a great opportunity to see a black hole, not feeling its effects.

07. Would you like to market your town looks the same? Residents of Rotterdam, Netherlands, was lucky to have such a market. The mayor of the city announced the construction market in the form of a tunnel. Construction will festooned huge plasmas featuring fresh fruit. And on the perimeter of the market will be located apartments with balconies. This is a lively place that will house apartments, shops, restaurants and public markets will truly be a favorite in the city for locals and tourists. The project is designed and implemented Provast MVRDV. The new face of Rotterdam will be ready by 2014.

08. This stunning tunnel of flowers, known as Wisteria, located in Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, Japan.

09. Unusual tunnel against runoff or rockfall.

10. Underwater tunnel in the center of L'Oceanografic, Valencia, Spain.

Friday, September 7, 2012

World Top 10 Best Records on Internet

World Top 10 Best Records on Internet

01. Highest Number of Twitter Followers: Lady Gaga

Sorry, Biebs – Gaga gotcha. Say what you will but the Queen of Pop Charts is also Numero Uno in Twitterverse with 26,823,122 followers (as of July 2012) to Justin Bieber's paltry 24,687,443. Rounding out the top 5 are Katy Perry (22,869,592), Rhianna (22,232,112), and Britney Spears (22,232,112). Number 6? President Barack Obama (17,381,203) who is the only other male in the Top Ten. Link
09 more after the break...

02. Most watched video on YouTube: Justin Bieber

Call it Revenge of the Bieber. While Justin may only be Number Two in the Twitterverse, Biebs is top of the pops here on YouTube with 755,479,979 views of hit his Baby as of 7/6/2012.
Speaking of babies, what is the most popular NON-MUSIC video of all time? Charlie Bit My Finger – Again! with 464,588,601 views – proving there's nothing like the power of a good sequel. WATCH BELOW! Link

03. Oldest site on Internet: Symbolics.com

On March 15, 1985, Symbolics Computer Corporation made history by registering the first domain name. That year, there were just five websites in existence. Fast forward to today, where there are over 192 million domains registered and more than 2.1 billion users worldwide, mostly based in Asia. Symbolics.com was bought in 2009 and now hosts a bunch of useless-but-interesting Internet facts (including some of the ones I just mentioned). Link

04. Longest Domain Name: Llanfairpwllgw- yngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-Llantysiliogogogoch.com

Speaking of domain names, one of the silliest Internet Records is for the longest one. Technically, a domain name can have up to 63 characters (not including sub-domains or suffixes). Sure, there are loads of stupid ones – technically the “longest” domain name on record is http://www.thelongestdomainnameintheworldandthensomeandthensomemoreandmore.com/ - followed closely by http://www.abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijk.com/ - a free email service for annoying people. But in our book (and in Guinness') the winner is Llanfairpwllgw-yngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-Llantysiliogogogoch.com which is the website of an actual single-word town in Wales. Try saying (or typing) that ten times fast! Link 1 2 Photo

05. Highest Webcam on Earth: Mount Everest

In this world of ubiquitous surveillance, it is now even harder to avoid the camera's probing eye. Even Sherpas are now being watched, as the Italian Scientific Committee has placed a webcam at an altitude of 5643 meters atop a peak overlooking Mt. Everest, the highest spot on Earth. Rumor has it that if you tune in during off hours, you may see some hot Yeti-on-Yeti action. Link 1 2 Photo

06. Biggest Hog of Internet Data: The Royal Wedding

When Prince William married Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011, it seemed like the whole world was watching. And they were, as an estimated 2.5 billion people watched the nuptials in some way, shape or form. Approximately 1.6 million people streamed it live via Internet, surpassing the 2010 World Cup record. Yahoo alone received 40,000 requests per SECOND for video data. But not only did they watch, they clicked on news stories at a rate of 5 million page views per minute at its peak, surpassing Michael Jackson's funeral. On Twitter, the top 10 trends all related to Will and Kate, and on Facebook 6.8 million people posted a wedding-related status update within 24 hours, resulting in 9.4 million comments. If they had streamed the honeymoon, they would have broken the Internet. Link 1 2 Photo

07. Country With Fastest Internet: South Korea

This country really is wired. By 2006, 96% of South Korean cellphone users had Internet access and today's users connect at a blazing fast 17.5 Mbps. In a distant second place is Japan with 9.1, tied with Hong Kong; the Netherlands and Latvia are each a notch below that. Where is the United States? A distant 13th place with 5.8 Mbps. The fastest US City is Boston with 8.4 Mbps. How is the Internet doing as a whole? A mere 2.3 Mbps on average worldwide, a drop of 14 percent from 2011 – DAMN YOU WILL AND KATE!!! Link 1 2

08. Most Expensive Domain Name: Insure.com

If you think Sex sells, think again. It's INSURANCE that's the big cash-grabber. In 2006, it earned the top spot by commanding $16 million dollars, topping Sex.com's $14 million sale in Oct. 2010.
Fund.com and Porn.com are next in line, no-brainers of course. But the luckiest in the bunch? The Farm Bureau, who sold FB.com to Facebook for $8.5 million. Link 1 2 3 Photo

09. Most Facebook “Likes” in 24 Hours: Oreo or Lil' Wayne?

It started out as a silly promotional gimmick for a cookie. In February 2011, Oreo announced a campaign to win the Guinness Record for the most number of Likes in a 24-hour period.
And on Feb. 16, the black-and-white snack did indeed receive the award when it clocked 114,619 Likes on a single post within that time frame. But who should come along and attempt to rain on Oreo's parade? Rapper Lil' Wayne heard about the record and immediately summoned his posse to break it. One day later, Oreo's record was destroyed with 588,243 on Lil' Wayne's status. This made news around the globe, but has apparently fallen on deaf ears at Guinness. To this date, they claim the Oreo takes the prize but state, “All categories are open to the public and anyone who wishes to attempt their own record can do so simply by registering at www.guinnessworldrecords.com/apply.”
On your mark, get set… GO!!! Link 1 2 3 Photo 1 2

10. The Godfathers of Sp@m: Gary Thuerk, Joel Furr and Ken Daignean

Everything has a first on the Internet, and Sp@m – those annoying, unwanted emails filling more than 90% of your inbox – is no exception. On May 3, 1978 a marketer at Digital Equipment Corporation named Gary Thuerk thought of a brilliant way to get the word out about their new computer systems. He sent a mass email to 400 accounts on ARPANET and voila, Sp@m was born. But Sp@m wasn't called Sp@m yet – THAT honor goes to Joel Furr, who first coined the phrase in a Usenet posting around 1993. The use of the word Sp@m brilliantly refers to both the ham-based-processed-meat-in-a-can (named by Ken Daignean who won a $100 contest in 1937), and to a skit by the British Comedy Troupe Monty Python, where Vikings appear from nowhere and chant “Sp@m Sp@m Wonderful Sp@m!” drowning out everyone else in the scene.

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