Glories of the West: Colonial Williamsburg from Above

From Colonial Williamsburg, which comments:

We’re loving this drone footage taken by one of the administrators of our Architectural Preservation and Research Facebook group, Director Matt Webster, for everyone missing the Historic Area. He says it was a little windy, so forgive the shifts in the video! We thought a little fife and drum soundtrack would go perfectly.

I agree: it does!

 

Glories of the West: Tchaikovsky’s “Hymn of the Cherubim,” with Beautiful Christian Churches

And not merely “Glories of the West” – the Glories of Christendom! East as well as West. Beautiful music, and a remarkable assemblage of magnificent European churches, in a variety of traditional styles. Lovely!

Glories of the West: The Beauty of French Architecture | Architectural Revival

“The Beauty of The Kingdom of France: The Creation of the French People. Vive la France! Vive le Roi!”

“Good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created. When we build, let it not be for our time, but all time. Real architecture stands the test of time, aesthetically & physically.”

Architectural Revival

Another example of what we are struggling for.

 

Glories of the West: Vivaldi – “Summer,” from The Four Seasons (excerpt)

Excerpt from Vivaldi’s “Summer,” from his incredible The Four Seasons. Berliner Philharmoniker: Herbert von Karajan, Conductor, and Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin soloist.

 

Glories of the West: Traditional Irish step-dancing

Source: Step Dancing from 1963 | Forgotten Ireland

Traditional Irish step-dancing as it used to be practiced, before it became “cross-fertilized” with influences from Highland dancing, to ballet, to American clogging and tap – and probably a few more, to boot. Not that “Riverdance“-style Irish step-dancing isn’t absolutely amazing! It is. But I very much like to see old-style, from time to time.

 

Glories of the West: Ancient Minoan Crete – “Ancient tablets may reveal what destroyed Minoan civilization”

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The mystery of what happened to the Minoan civilization has tormented archaeologists for over a century, and the tale has now taken a new twist.

Source: Ancient tablets may reveal what destroyed Minoan civilization – Archaeology – Haaretz.com

Fascinating! I have long been interested in the Minoan civilization – and my folks got to visit Knossos during their tour of the Holy Land and Greek isles – but it has been a long time since I’ve taken a course in ancient Mediterranean archaeology, and much of this is new to me. As I say, most interesting!

“According to historians, Knossos was Europe’s oldest proper city, established between 2000 to 1900 B.C.E. Its palace had features considered very advanced for the time, for instance monumental architecture, stone-built storm drains and sewers, and lavatories” – nearly two millennia before the birth of Christ. There are places in the world that don’t have these yet, if they haven’t been brought in from other, more advanced areas!

Ancient Minoan Crete was, in fact, one of the Glories of the West in its time: “In the golden age of the Minoan civilization,” the linked article notes, “they traded with Egypt, the Levant, the Aegean, Asia Minor and less so beyond Italy and Sicily, and possibly as far as Spain and up the Atlantic coast. But,” it continues, “all things come to an end.” Nonetheless: “More than a thousand years later, the Greeks remained impressed by the Cretan achievement.” That is an accomplishment, by any standards!

Sad news, though, for those who think the Minoans came from lost Atlantis, or perhaps even the stars: “archaeologists had once thought the Minoans must have ‘come from somewhere else’ because of their advancement compared with the surroundings. But genetic analyses in 2017 concluded that both the Minoans and Mycenaeans descended from the stone-age farmers of western Anatolia and the Aegean, plus smidgens of heritage from the Caucasus and Iran.” Pesky darned genetics!

Glories of the West: Dresden, Germany

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Source: deutschlandLiebe (Facebook group)

Almost entirely destroyed by Allied firebombing in World War Two that killed tens of thousands (estimates range from a low of 25,000 to a high of 135,000), Dresden has risen, Phoenix-like, literally from the ashes!

Encyclopedia Britannica article on the City of Dresden

Short drone video of Dresden, focusing on the restored historic heart of the city:

Click the link for a longer video!