時間的にアレな事態になってしまいました。 が、何とか形として残さねばと思い、城塞都市バクー、その中でも特にMaiden Towerについての 情報をここに残す。 By Schott
Pre-reading Questions:1. What country is The walled city of Baku in?
2. What sea was The maiden tower faced?
The walled city of Baku,Azerbaijan
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The Walled City of Baku represents an outstanding and rare example of an historic urban ensemble and architecture with influence from Zoroastrian, Sassanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman, and Russian cultures.
Reading PassageMaiden Tower. Azerbaijanis are incredibly proud of this monument that is shrouded in mystery and legend even though scholars and historians are unable to speak with absolute authority about its origins.
About 12th century, Maiden Tower which was built into the walled defense system of Baku. There have been many fluctuations of the sea level of the Caspian Sea. It's totally possible that the sea lapped at the tower in the past although today it is about one block away.
The heavy structure of the Maiden Tower is anchored to
a rock that slopes into the sea.
The structure is 16-16.5 meters in diameter and rises
eight levels to tower above all the buildings
of the old "Inner City" of Baku.
Its architectural plan, seemingly so simple, consists of walls
which at the base are extraordinarily thick,
beginning at five meters in depth and
gradually narrowing to four meters at the top.
On the southern side of the cylindrical-shaped tower are
relatively narrow niches about the height of a man
through which the sun enters to illuminate the inner chambers.
Rather curiously, there appears to be an external door
that opens out to nowhere from the fourth floor.
There is even a slot for a wooden spar,
which seems to have served as a door-lock.
But why on the fourth floor?
Baku, sometimes known as Baky or Baki, is the capital and
the largest city of Azerbaijan. It is located on the southern shore of
the Apsheron Peninsula. Modern Baku consists of three parts: the Old Town,
the boomtown and the Soviet-built town. Population (January 1, 2003 census)
About 3 million people live in metropolitan area.
The layout of the oil-rich city is rectangular, only in the oldest part of
the city within the fortress walls the streets are crooked and narrow.
The boomtown, south of the old city, was built
after massive petroleum exploitation began nearly a century ago and
has interesting beaux-arts architecture. Fine arts,
history and literature museums are located there,
all housed in the mansions of pre-Revolutionary millionaires.
なぜ私がアゼルバイジャンを調べたのか？ それはナゴルノ・カラバフ紛争に興味があり、以前からアゼルバイジャンという国を知っていたからである。 調べるのであらば興味がある国に越したことはないということで、 今回このようなサイトを作成するに至った訳だ。イスラムとキリストという二大宗教が戦争の理由として挙げられている。 実に悲しいことであるが、双方共に、キリストや、アッラーが間違いなく殺戮など望んでいないことをいつか悟ってもらいたい。 と言っても、私は傍観者に過ぎない。前線で血を流す兵士達や、その家族が、憎しみに支配されないことを祈ることが関の山だ。
Wikipedia The walled city of Baku
Wikipedia Maiden tower
by Schott, Aoyama Gakuin College of Economics
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