Castles and ancient settlements of Lloret


On the right is the castle-remake of the Senior Plaza, and a little to the left and higher is the ancient Iberian settlement of Turo-Rodo


In the deep gorge of Darial,
Where the Terek rummages in the darkness,
The old tower stood
Blackening on a black rock.
M.Yu. Lermontov. Tamara


Castles and fortresses. We met Maritime Museum of the Spanish Town on the Costa Bravo Lloret de Mar, but the interesting places of this town by this museum are by no means exhausted. Most of those who come here, their main attraction, it seems to them, is a castle on a rock, they see directly from the promenade and go to him in the hope of exploring it. Moreover, it looks very colorful: the battlements on a steep cliff, everything is just like in a movie. And what is their disappointment when, when they get to the entrance, they are in front of the entrance to a residential building owned by a private person.


Beach of Lloret de Mar

It's a shame, but nothing can be done!

This is a typical and, by the way, a very beautiful castle, which is visible from anywhere in the main city beach, but this is a remake. On a rock at the very end of the beach of San Caleto, he was ordered to build by Narsis Plaza, a wealthy industrialist from Girona in 1935. However, a civil war broke out, and construction lasted for years. However, when the war ended, the castle was completed. And although it is closed to visitors, it has become a real tourist symbol of Lloret de Mar, known throughout the world for postcards and photographs taken by tens of thousands of tourists who come here to relax.


And at the end of the beach - this is the very "castle"


View of the castle from above. It is obviously small, but it looks very comfortable.

It should be noted that around the castle and further there is a walking trail along the sea. The views from it are simply magnificent, and after going through it all, you can visit all the Lloret beaches one by one, more delightfully than the other, but since we are interested in two things - castles and ancient settlements, we will not go along it, but not reaching the “castle” of Narsis Plaza , turn left and go straight and then right. Higher and higher, and we will end up right above his "old castle", where there is a very interesting place - the archaeological park, the ancient Iberian settlement of Turo Rodo, and from below, it is also visible from the beach, but its buildings merge so well with rock that consider that this is something interesting (if you do not use the map, of course!) from the bottom is completely impossible.


View of Turo Rhodes from below


But so it was in antiquity


The remains of the grain storage pit


And so they used this pit ...

But if you went up there (better in the morning, then not so hot, but not earlier than 10.00), then you can visit the place of the fortified settlement of the ancient Iberians. People they were obviously very poor, but smart. They built a home in a completely impregnable place. The remains of the walls were preserved here, and on the basis of the foundations, one of the dwellings was reconstructed, together with all its utensils and household tools. You can enter the house, walk there, and imagine how people lived here and how much progress has given us. So the slogan “back to the ground” sounds, of course, beautiful, but before I advocate for it, I would advise its supporters to at least live here in such an Iberian house a little, take here the water from the spring below, go behind the brushwood for the hearth, and on a makeshift boat to swim for fish. But, of course, the view of Lloret de Mar from here opens up very beautiful, I do not argue.


The excavation area is not impressive, of course


One house reconstructed


Inside view: amphora for oil and loom


By our standards, a real bomber


The roof was reed

By the way, this is the most affordable of the Iberian settlements of Lloret. There are two more, but they are on the outskirts and it is best to visit them in a rented car. Montbarbat is the largest settlement - an area of ​​5700 square meters. m. It is surrounded by walls and defensive towers.

Two kilometers from the city at an altitude of 197,42 meters above the sea lies the Puich de Castellat. This settlement was also fortified and excavations are being carried out in the same way, the exhibits of which are collected in the city archaeological museum. Which, however, cannot boast of the richness of its collections, so you can safely exclude it from the program of visits (believe my word - a waste of money and time!) However, the presence of three such settlements at once is not very far from each other tells us about the fact that in ancient times this area was densely populated, and the inhabitants of these places were engaged in fishing, and viticulture, and gardening, as well as grazing cattle and engaged in grain farming. But, it should be emphasized that all these places of excavation, as they say, "for an amateur" there are many pits that do not say anything to a stone specialist, although pedestrian paths with railings are equipped for tourists.


Now, standing on the embankment, you can turn to the right (before that we looked to the left), and then over the stone cape, overgrown with pine forest, you can see something like a tower and a flag developing above it


Going there is very nice. The places are beautiful. It smells of needles and the sea, and along the way you can sit here in this cozy bar overlooking the sea ...

But this is already more interesting, because there really is already a real castle, and not some, but built in the XI century! And there we are now heading.


The main tower of the castle

It is named after St. St. John - Sant Joan (San Juan), and it is located on a cliff that separates the central beach of Lloret and Fenals beach. Interestingly, a castle with a central round tower that is almost exactly the same in design stands here on the coast in the neighboring town of Blanes, five kilometers to the south. That is, from these two fortified points, a considerable horizon line was observed and all the places on the shore most convenient for landing were monitored. Well, from them, of course, you could easily send a signal to the Palafolls castle (there was already material about it in VO: “San Juan and Palafolls Castle” (June 2, 2016), so that in case of an attack, help would come from there.


The remains of its walls

Getting there is easy. Behind the city hall building, you need to climb to the cape where the Lloretzians erected a monument to the fisherwoman - a massive lady of this kind, whom they clearly didn’t regret, badly cut, but tightly sewn, and obviously not Guttiere, and continue to walk along the sea going up the stone paths higher and higher and higher through a pine forest. The castle, also known as a museum, is open from 10.00 except Monday, and it is not worth arriving there too early. The excavation site, which is conducted around his tower, is fenced with an impressive metal fence, so that different types do not climb into his restored tower.


Reconstruction of the castle


It looked like the ruins of the tower when it was restored

This very tower is the most interesting. It is known about this building that the chapel that was in this fortification was consecrated back in 1079, and if so, then this is the oldest medieval building of Lloret, not counting the chapel of De Los Alegres, consecrated in the same year. In 1208, the castle passed under the authority of a local bishop, and it is known that the inhabitants of the fishing village below have been hiding here from pirates more than once.


View of the stairs in the tower below


View of the stairs


View of the stairs from above. Imagine that you are climbing it, hiding behind a shield and holding a sword in your hands ...


The tower develops Sannier - the flag of Catalonia. I had to wait a long time for the wind to dissolve it so beautifully, but what a shot!

According to legend, these four bands are associated with the name of Wilfred I the Hairy (840-897). According to legend, he fought with one of the kings of the Frankish state and received a severe wound. The king himself came to him and asked the count what he wanted as a reward for his courage. To this, Wilfred replied that the best emblem for him would be the coat of arms that the king would bestow on him. Then the monarch dipped four fingers into the blood of a knight and drew four stripes on the shield, which have since become the emblem of the Barcelona dynasty. However, historians have found that the first reliable mentions of this emblem refer only to the reign of Count Barcelona Ramon Berenguer IV (midth century), and they began to use it as a coat of arms only under King Aragon Alfonso II (late XNUMXth century).

The Genoese tried to take the castle, in 1427 it was damaged by an earthquake, and at the beginning of the 1949th century, English warships fired on the castle tower and severely destroyed it. But in XNUMX, the remains of the tower were recognized as the cultural heritage of Spain and its restoration was begun. Today she looks like new, yes, in fact, she is. There is nothing particularly interesting inside, except for a couple of shields with emblems and stands telling about stories castle with a reconstruction of its appearance. But there is a staircase leading to the very top of this tower and you can climb up there. And there you will find a fresh wind rinsing the flag of Catalonia (well, what kind of flag could there be?) On the flagpole and beautiful views of the neighboring Blanes and exactly the same tower there and the city of Llolet de Mar, which will be seen from here on the palm.


We go back past these pitchforks. Villa "Aurora" I really liked. I love such futuristic buildings


And many of them are for sale ...

That seems to be nothing special, but interesting. It is interesting to imagine how the warriors of the castle garrison kept watch on this tower day and night, how the first appearance of the enemy gave off smoke signals, how tanks full of crossbow arrows were fed into the hatch in the center of the floor on the cable. Climbing up stairs even with a railing is rather difficult - you feel dizzy, and it’s even harder to go down. And what if there was no railing then? And so, it was necessary. But only one warrior, standing at the top, could protect the tower from many enemies, it only cost him to push harder than the one who was the very first. However, the photograph clearly shows from what height he would have to fall down onto the stone floor.


There are also such abandoned houses right in the center


And next to them are new ones: like locks!

In Blanes, the fortification walls are in the best preservation, but in Lloret the tower was restored. Having visited both there and there, you can get a visual representation of how the castles of coastal defense on the Spanish coast of the Costa Brava, built in the Middle Ages, looked like.
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  1. Kote Pan Kokhanka 23 February 2020 06: 48 New
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    Oleg Vyacheslavovich thanks for the Sunday tour !!!
    Guys and girls, all a happy holiday !!!
    Sincerely Your Cat!
    1. kalibr 23 February 2020 12: 16 New
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      Cats are always welcome! "The more I know people, the more sympathetic I am to cats!"
      1. 3x3zsave 24 February 2020 20: 49 New
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        Not this way. "The more I know people, the more I love dogs" (G. Heine)
        1. kalibr 24 February 2020 20: 53 New
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          Dogs, yes! But I love cats!
          1. 3x3zsave 24 February 2020 21: 02 New
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            This, Vyacheslav Olegovich, is the whole essence of our difference in character and attitude! Neither is "bad", "We are what we are, and no more!"
            And that is great!!!!!!
            1. kalibr 24 February 2020 21: 28 New
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              Dogs scared me terribly in childhood. And okay, there’s yard mumps ... these too, but not very much. The Siberian husky is furry and fat as a pig, grabbed its leg with fangs and bit it. Four dark spots are still visible. The hospital wanted to suture, but the blood stopped quickly. Since then I have been afraid of dogs and do not trust them.
              1. 3x3zsave 24 February 2020 21: 59 New
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                Vyacheslav Olegovich, this is a complex, moreover for children. Individually, any dog ​​is a "hackneyed dog, and opposite a person, it’s the same as a carpenter against a carpenter." You can not be afraid!
                1. kalibr 24 February 2020 22: 03 New
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                  Quote: 3x3zsave
                  You can not be afraid!

                  Yeah! And she will grab her leg again ... No, really, I'd rather get away from them.
                  1. 3x3zsave 24 February 2020 22: 28 New
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                    Once again, you must not be afraid! Dogs feel emotions better than humans.
  2. Olgovich 23 February 2020 07: 24 New
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    a castle that is visible from anywhere in the main city beach, but this is a remake.

    We also have a “castle” at the dachas, one odd fool - with a tower, battlements, etc ... recourse

    View of the stairs from above. Imagine it you rise on her hiding behind a shield and holding a sword in his hand

    Not, if you rise "hiding behind a shield and holding a sword in your hands", then this is already -latest minutes ... no

    PS All-Happy Holiday! hi
    1. kalibr 23 February 2020 08: 32 New
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      I am joining! ALL WITH A HOLIDAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      1. Trilobite Master 23 February 2020 13: 45 New
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        Quote: Olgovich
        Happy Holiday!

        Quote: kalibr
        I am joining! ALL WITH A HOLIDAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I join too. Hooray!
        1. Catfish 23 February 2020 17: 45 New
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          I fully join and congratulate everyone! Happiness to you people !!!!! drinks
      2. Looking for 23 February 2020 17: 23 New
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        Are you afraid to name a holiday ?? !!
        1. Trilobite Master 23 February 2020 18: 09 New
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          Quote: Seeker
          Are you afraid to name a holiday ?? !!

          Yeah, just pissed. laughing Didn’t you splatter there? fool
          1. kalibr 23 February 2020 18: 12 New
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            That he is so "fighting" with me and with you, of course. He doesn’t understand, poor fellow, that he needs only clicks.
        2. 3x3zsave 24 February 2020 20: 53 New
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          It’s you who are afraid, but we don’t care about your jitters.
  3. Lamata 23 February 2020 07: 27 New
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    Good Sunday stuff !!! Vcheslav Olegovich, but what about Vin?
    1. kalibr 23 February 2020 08: 30 New
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      Wonderful question Igor! Only "there" needs to be clarified, because there are many countries. In Poland, we always drink beer and eat their sausages and bigos. This is the best. In Germany, beer and Bavarian sausages, and fried cheese with stewed cabbage, are both cheap and tasty. In France, on July 14, they drank champagne and if the avocado was 94 cents per 1 kg. Then they regretted that they took only three bottles and drank everything. But you can spend only 3 liters with you. So it’s good that they drank. We are 6 - we have 1 minor ... In Carcassonne they drank local beer and ... very tasty. But in Spain ... uh, there are local wine shops - it’s better not to even go there. Of course, sangria is on every corner. Moreover, the Spaniards take you very seriously, if you tell them you will choose the best for your taste. They don’t offer the most expensive, no ... but they understand the interests of taste and wallet. They drank it all the time. In the Indian restaurant they offered something local (Indian) as a bonus. I didn’t drink, I sniffed - br-r. In Italy, too, they drank wine, and in Austria - beer. Well, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary ... The result is the most delicious wine in Spain. In Italy, it is sour, even the same variety. In Germany, wine, as in Austria from a private vineyard, a private company, a very proud and responsible peasant ... - Bulgarian Riesling !!! It can be seen what God did not give, so did not. In Croatia, the local sherry is good - a beehive and a cherry in a glass ... And the bottle is beautiful faceted. I have not been to England, but I regularly receive packages from friends. And now - there is no better "island" whiskey, as well as better than Irish, triple distillation. But ... we have to beware of fakes. "There" to buy only at the factory. By the way, we have good wine in Taman, but also ... only at the factory on the outskirts of the city. One that is close to the volcano. Here you have it, as in a confession. In general, we take the third suitcase exclusively for food. This time everything was from Spain - olives, sardines, anchovies, shrimps, mussels in tomato, octopus (canned food), jamon. But now we have jamon. Their (Spanish) sardines are definitely tastier than the Baltic ones ... Now we are sitting, celebrating and eating the last can. Alas, all good things come to an end.
      1. Undecim 23 February 2020 16: 27 New
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        In Germany, wine, as in Austria from a private vineyard, a private company, a very proud and responsible peasant ... - Bulgarian Riesling !!!
        Yeah, drinking Bulgarian Riesling in Germany and Austria is beyond comprehension. In these countries, Bulgarian Riesling cannot be by definition, since it is a classic German and Austrian grape variety, Germany is the birthplace of Riesling. Unique wines are produced there. Therefore, how did you manage to find Bulgarian Riesling in Germany - this is the topic of the article!
        1. kalibr 23 February 2020 18: 14 New
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          Quote: Undecim
          Therefore, how did you manage to find Bulgarian Riesling in Germany - this is the topic of the article!

          Apparently, I put it wrong. I did not like the quality. That is to taste nothing special. Probably there are wonderful wines there, but not for my money. And the fact that I tried was not impressive.
          1. Undecim 23 February 2020 18: 18 New
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            It all depends on your "wine" preferences.
            1. kalibr 23 February 2020 18: 21 New
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              Quote: Undecim
              It all depends on your "wine" preferences.

              Of course! It’s just that my first foreign country was in Bulgaria in 1968. Then a liter of “White Wine” was served on the table for lunch and dinner at 4 = x, and on all excursions and trips they were treated to riesling and ... in a word, there was plenty of wine. We were friends then. So I fell in love with Riesling and compare all dry wines with it.
              1. Undecim 23 February 2020 18: 46 New
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                If you like dry wine, then Riesling should be according to the German classification of Trocken. Best of all from the Moselle Saar Ruver, something like Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling.
                You will not regret. But a little expensive, of course. But you can find inexpensive wines, from 100 euros.
                Or you can buy Riesling, feinherb, Thörnicher St. at the supermarket Michael, 2011, Mosel for 3 euros.
                1. kalibr 23 February 2020 19: 45 New
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                  Joke Victor Nikolaevich! 100 euros is expensive for me! That's 3 euros - this is the "that."
      2. 3x3zsave 24 February 2020 21: 17 New
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        Brothers !!! Do not believe Shpakovsky !!! The best "lager" in Europe is in Catalonia !!!!
  4. Aviator_ 23 February 2020 08: 45 New
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    View of the stairs from above. Imagine that you are climbing it, hiding behind a shield and holding a sword in your hands ...

    Immediately obvious - remake. Or the owner of the castle is left-handed. It is convenient for attackers to work with their right hand with such a ladder, and for the defender - with their left. Typically, the direction of rotation of the spiral staircase is the opposite, to cause maximum inconvenience to the attackers (90% of people are right-handed, and only 10% are left-handed).
    1. kalibr 23 February 2020 10: 05 New
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      That's right, Sergey. Judging by the photo, little is left of the tower after the shelling by the British. So, of course, all new in it is 80%. But ... the remains of the stairs in it were ... So it was restored exactly as it was in the past.
  5. Korsar4 23 February 2020 09: 52 New
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    Right. You climb the spiral staircase with a special mood.
    1. Catfish 23 February 2020 21: 58 New
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      Sergei hi , my personal congratulations! And what do you think, what is the reason for the absence at our briefing of our comrades, Anton and Nikolai? I’m sitting at home, drinking black coffee under “Captain Morgan” and still able to hit the right key with my right finger. I'm worried about the unknown ... smile drinks
      1. bubalik 23 February 2020 22: 01 New
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        hi I don’t see many today request strangely smile
        1. Catfish 23 February 2020 22: 11 New
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          Hello, Seryozha, and once again Happy Holiday! But in my opinion there is nothing surprising. smile Now I’ll go and pump up the grammar. drinks
      2. Korsar4 23 February 2020 22: 20 New
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        Thank you, Konstantin! And congratulations from me too!
        I think we will not guess, even if the coffee is brewed well.

        Life is richer than certain pages with pretty people.
        But the presence of these pages increases the variety and helps to raise the mood.
        1. Catfish 23 February 2020 22: 37 New
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          Everything is all right, Anton answered our nightly congratulations, though very briefly, but still ...
          And, yes, life, it is, of course, richer, but without the “pretty people” nearby, it’s boring and depressing, even if there are “certain pages”. smile smile smile
          1. Korsar4 23 February 2020 22: 41 New
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            The association is knocking hard:

            "But in the belly of a crocodile
            Dark, and cramped, and depressing "(c).
            1. Catfish 23 February 2020 23: 46 New
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              On this occasion, an old joke about the Suez Canal is recalled: "Vodichka is good here, but you can’t swim here."
      3. bubalik 23 February 2020 22: 59 New
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        I’m sitting at home, drinking black coffee under “Captain Morgan” and still able to hit the right key with the right finger.

        ,,, and maybe everything is different belay laughing
        drinks
        1. Catfish 23 February 2020 23: 38 New
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          No, Seryozha, it was yesterday, and today we are resting with a cat. )))
  6. Trilobite Master 23 February 2020 14: 15 New
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    Vyacheslav Olegovich, as always, thanks for the tour.
    I am not a supporter of hot countries, I love taiga, clean rivers and transparent lakes. But here I really wanted to, in the slippers on the hot stone, a hot breeze over my face and the sea, where you can flounder for hours looking at the gray battlements ... And also the moonlit path to the sea, the crack of cicadas and the faint smell of the beloved woman’s perfume to the sound of the surf ...
    Ek me today ... As if on the eighth of March and not the twenty-third of February ...
    Thank you. smile
    1. kalibr 23 February 2020 16: 07 New
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      Dear Michael! I do not like the north, the cold is contraindicated for me. But a lot of hot sand and warm water - just the same. Take a trip to Llorett de Mar. Along the coast there is a sentinel trail for 15 km. And down below all the time there are bays and small beaches, with clean sand and full of naked girls of the most seductive look ... Takes off years at a glance!
      1. Trilobite Master 23 February 2020 16: 39 New
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        Three times I tried to relax in the south, at sea. Three times after the rest I regretted that I went. smile A couple of days is still normal, well, three days ... The best memories of the rest - swimming in the mountain rivers, when it was possible to reach them ... smile
        Decided: not mine.
        Taiga, river, rapids, fishing, all the time on the move, under physical exertion, free and independent, "where you are tired, you got up there", and after you want to - go on, if you want - rest another day ... You choose the speed and direction yourself movements, ways to overcome obstacles, a place to sleep ... Neither guides "you can’t go there, you don’t need to go there", nor sellers annoying, fresh fish, mushrooms, berries, live fire in the evenings, a lot of tea, talk and silence ...
        And what kind of people meet in the outback ... And what places, views ...
        So to each his own. smile
        The last attempt to relax in the south was in 2012. I think I will not undertake at least five more such attempts for another five years. smile
        1. kalibr 23 February 2020 18: 16 New
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          Like this! Well, this is a feature of the body, no arguing against this. For example, I eat everything except ... pies with cabbage. I can’t even think about them and I don’t know why so, that's interesting.
    2. 3x3zsave 24 February 2020 22: 44 New
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      Come on!!! It's not hot there nifiga! This is not Madrid and not Astrakhan! +30, in the shade, at 14'00 - is it hot?
  7. Senior seaman 23 February 2020 14: 53 New
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    Vyacheslav Olegovich, but there was no research, why are medieval towers round (in cross section) in Europe, and, say, in the Caucasus, square?
    1. kalibr 23 February 2020 16: 04 New
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      In Europe, initially the towers were also square, round went only from the 13th century. And in Italy, so the heads remained square, both among the Guelphs and among the Ghibellines!
      1. Senior seaman 23 February 2020 20: 27 New
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        Quote: kalibr
        round went only from the 13th century

        Hm. The tower in your photo is definitely round and built, as you say, before the 13th century ...
        1. kalibr 24 February 2020 07: 10 New
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          I do not know. At different times in different places there could well be local differences.
  8. 3x3zsave 24 February 2020 22: 04 New
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    Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich! Catalonia love forever !!! Like the woman you dream about, but God forbid to live with her !!!