It is decorated with magnificent mosaics.
One of the most intriguing and fantastic sights of the ancient town of Margate (UK), located on the coast of the English channel for decades remains a mystery that stirs the imagination of local residents and archaeologists. After all, what is found a conventional farmer in 1835 on his land, is not only a complete delight and admiration, but also gives rise to many versions ranging from the common of following the fashion of eccentric aristocrats and ending with the mystical creature of ancient or even alien civilizations.
Mysteries surround the solid one of the most incredible sights in England that I discovered just a farmer in 1835, preparing the land for the creation of a pond for the ducks. When the shovel James Newlove during the excavation collapsed into the void, he asked his son to descend into the formed hole. And what the boy saw, was a significant historic discovery, which has stirred up not only the whole neighborhood, but England. As it turned out, this is not the first mysterious cave found in the territory of the farmland of the country, causing genuine interest, which was written on Novate.ru.
As soon as the boy descended deeper into the mysterious move, before his eyes were opened to a fantastic view of the incredible underground of the Palace, which was decorated from top to bottom with a mosaic of seashells. A long tunnel went deep under the ground at 30 meters and ended with an amazing room, 30 square meters, and the total area of amazing creations is 186 square meters. The local inhabitants call this fantastic find Grotto Margate shell (Margate Shell Grotto) and after two years it became the most visited cave of the whole country.
People wanted not only to see this man-made miracle created from gifts of the sea, but also unravel its secrets, trying to find out who built it, when and why. It was worth it, because the wonderful mosaics that covered every inch of space, can tell a lot, but a very unusual language.
For the decoration of the grotto was used sinks of various types, sizes and shapes that were laid out the colorful side convex, the inner or placed under a special angle. This has created unusual patterns, forming a complex decorative patterns, which one could clearly see the different symbols and shapes ranging from simple geometric and ending human.
In this mysterious cave discovered many stories of pagan origin: the symbols of life, death, fertility, femininity and love. As soon as the tunnel goes deeper into the grotto, the colorful drawings of hearts, flowers, and wavy flowing lines giving way to a more geometric style. Winding passages with arched ceilings and small rooms ultimately lead to a extraordinary altar chamber, which is also called heaven.
Researchers mysterious discoveries, deciphering the anatomical images suggests that they symbolize the strength of woman, which, apparently, is one of the main heroines of the mosaics of the grotto. Some even put forward the theory that the whole ornament of this sacred place is clearly symbolized the feminine and the creation of the world, starting with Earth and ending with the heavenly bodies.
Many scientists believe that the cave as a whole symbolizes the journey from birth to death and the afterlife: the winding tunnels and halls which are decorated with various symbolic motifs and narrative mosaics lead to the altar room, which should create a special connection with the heavens.
Developing this theory, and given the location and special shape of the dome, scientists suspect that it should reflect some kind of major natural phenomenon, so constantly conduct surveillance. Such a moment came in the summer solstice, when the heavenly body has sent the rays right in the center of the top of the altar. It was then found another way, directly over the dome, which was covered with a layer of earth. When released hole (the diameter of which was 60 cm) the incredible happened – the altar was lit!
But as researchers did not fight and can not determine who created this fantastic underground Palace, and maybe still a cult temple. Even cutting edge technology cannot recognize when he so thoroughly and competently built inch by inch, turning into a real masterpiece of human genius.
For many years visitors passing with torches and kerosene lamps, just soot destroyed the top layer of shells, which are guided modern research methods, therefore radiocarbon Dating showed nothing. The only thing that was able to learn a huge variety of shells used in the creation of mosaic was taken not only from this country, but imported from the Caribbean.
It is known that the construction of this extraordinary underground grotto took about 4.6 million shells, this means that the necessary material was delivered to all the ships. But on such transfers there is no mention in any historical sources. So the version that, according to the latest fashion for building extraordinary palaces underground, it created a very eccentric aristocrat, mimicking an ancient religious complex, disappears.
But the statements, according to technology of creation and themes of mosaic compositions that this temple was created by the ancient civilization, still not refuted. Absolutely fantastic is the version that in creating such a grotesque underground Church was attended by alien beings. Who knows, maybe modern technology can help to determine the age of this masterpiece, and maybe archaeologists will dig up the truth, but it is not so important. Importantly, such incredible creatures exist and do not leave anyone indifferent, leaving food for thought and new searches.