Archive for March, 2006
Invention Timeline – Vasili Ivanovitch Bazhenov, Russian Architect; Designed the Kazan Church of St. PetersburgFriday, March 31st, 2006
b. March 1, 1737 and d. August 2, 1799
Russian architect. He was engaged in the preparation of the plans of the entire remodeling of the Kremlin, and designed the Kazan Church of St. Petersburg.
The hasty multitude
Admiring enter’d; and the work some praise,
And some the architect: his hand was known
In heaven by many a tower’d structure high,
Where scepter’d angels held their residence,
As sat as princes.
—Paradise Lost: Milton
The city’s gone;
Naught but the leg remaining to disclose
The site of that forgotten Babylon.
We wonder, and some hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when through the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the wolf in chase,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What wonderful, but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.
—On A Stupendous Leg of Granite: Horace Smith
224 B. C.—The Colossus of Rhodes was thrown down by an earthquake.
570 B. C.—The hanging garden and many beautiful works of art were constructed by Nebuchadnezzar.
616 B. C.—Tarquinius Priscus laid the foundation of the Roman Capital; it covered eight acres. It was dedicated in 507 B. C.
672—The Colossus of Rhodes was broken up by the Saracens. They sold the metal, 720,900 pounds of brass, to a Jew, who conveyed it on 900 camels to Alexandria.