What attracts to ruins? (The millennia under legs)
“ Till next Sunday, Volodya thoughts of an underground inscription which he found in old gallery overcame The whole week … To go to one on a dark, unfamiliar tunnel, of course, it was gloomy, but Volodya everything is reached that place, from where, as it seemed to it, dim, incorrect light proceeded … Here, having looked round, the boy also saw the letters cut in a porous wall. “ (Lev Kassil “ Street of the younger son “)
“ Here and ruins - silent, majestic. In failures of dark windows emptiness. Old walls smell of a mold. At a main entrance the huge heap of crushed stone from the failed column is piled. Which - where on izgryzenny winds and rains to eaves young growths of a young bush made the way. “ (Arkady Gaidar “ On count ruins “)
Isn`t that so, fascinating pictures? And if here still to add “ Children of a vault “ V. G. Korolenko? And three musketeers who beat off Huguenots in the old fortress of La - Rochel?
And so why ancient stones awake some vague expectations, an anticipation of unusual! Everything was put in the childhood - books which were read and re-read, movies which looked and revised.
I already mentioned that the " magazine; Young artist “ significantly expanded my ideas of painting. And among painters which very much impressed me, - Robert Hubert, “ Master of ruins “.
Among the landscapes drawn with it with ruins there are always people - and what they small in comparison with the remains of stone giants!
And today I live in Israel and I wander about places in which antiquity is looked through to a bronze age, on 3300 years ago! I wander about ruins! Yes on what smart!
Feeling of insignificance, I would tell - a fineness, covers you when you watch on huge (even on present concepts) walls. Thickness - 5 - 6 meters, depth - it is impossible to estimate, it is still hidden in the earth … by
Labyrinths, transitions, unclear combinations of overlappings, arches, stratifications of one period on another, the former loopholes, ladders which do not conduct anywhere, low doorways - in different variations, raznorazmerny, inexplicable constructions. I think that if it was succeeded to revive some author of these constructions - and he could not reconstruct the plan - so everything changed time.
Among antiquity something almost modern suddenly comes across: some furnace which arches are laid out by quite recognizable, almost today`s fire-resistant brick. Also soot traces on a ceiling remained. It is unclear, that it was: bakery? Calcination furnace of the potter? And why in this furnace there is a put entrance? Continuous riddles!
The part of ruins is restored, the part is reconstructed semi-antique - and suddenly among “ cultivated “ buildings the half-ruined wall with windows comes across. She waits for the decision. And maybe, it already decision: such combination gives some mystery, originality … There is a wish to consider, dream, complete, repair … And to rummage in the earth - suddenly something interesting will get?
And in this place traces of restorers are not visible yet. The part of ruins is already renewed, and part - as the live certificate of the remains of old times. In total as was by the time of the beginning of restoration and reconstruction of old fortress.
Among structures - the old shelter with a synagogue founded in 1740, restored in 1948 on money of Jews from Libya.
Among ruins - almost modern exhibit: remains of the car, which years 60 - 70. Why it here? What for brand? And too there is a wish to lay hands to it and to restore!
And it is absolutely interesting: present combination to the past. Under the remains of an old dome prepare the Jewish wedding: the wedding canopy waits for the groom and the bride. So far everything is curtailed, but through couple of moments the celebration will begin … By the way, it is very fashionable to take on the eve of a wedding a series of pictures in Old Yaffo, and - in wedding dresses.
In the restored rooms work, create, trade, pray … Thousand-year ruins live … and pull to themselves not only tourists, but also natives (like me) …