HOUSES OF OUR ANCESTORS

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Would you agree to live indoors without glass windows? In the summer, during the campaign, to set a tent or to make a tent of pine branches and fall asleep with a whisper of the night forest!
  

Huts of Our Ancestors
Huts of Our Ancestors
At first, a temporary forest dwelling will seem cozier than any room. But constantly living in it is not very convenient. It is necessary to warm it by winter, to protect it from autumn rains and wind. And when all this is done, and you climb into it like a bear into a den, it turns out that it is completely dark here! It’s impossible to read even in the afternoon! One occupation remains: to sleep and sleep.

That is why, when setting off on long hikes, geologists and travelers stock up on well-equipped tents: here there are glass windows, light bulbs, and electric heaters.

The huts of our ancestors were completely different. In cold countries, they were built from tree branches and animal skins, in warm countries from linen or logs, and later from unbaked bricks. There were no windows, especially glass ones. The door served both for exit and for lighting.

The Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Indians, Phoenicians for many centuries built their homes this way. Their temples and palaces were similar to the tents. Richly decorated with colored tiles, stucco ornaments, images of gods and kings, these windowless buildings still seemed blind and gloomy.

Modern Tent
Modern Tent
When and who first came up with glazing windows? In India, the ancient legend of one palace has survived, which equal in beauty and splendor was not in the world. The light tall building was as if woven from pieces of colored stones. In its windows, plates of transparent rock crystal shone rainbowly.

Perhaps the Indians were really the first to build houses with glass windows. Maybe it was they who thought to close the windows with something transmitting light. But the first window frames with glasses were found not among them, but among the Romans.

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