The earth is full of secrets and mysteries. One — Grotto shells (Shell Grotto), Located in the town of Margate in Kent (United Kingdom). Square mosaic, that adorns the walls, the floor, the ceiling of the building is 190 square meters and established it as you may have guessed, of 4.6 million shells!
Almost all of the surface area of the walls and ceiling are covered with mosaics Grotto, fully formed from the shells of local origin. Total area of the mosaic — 190 square meters, on its creation took 4.6 million shells.
Grotto shell consists of an underground passage about 2.4 m high and 21 m in length, ending with a rectangular room (altar camera) about 5 to 6 m Around the middle of the tunnel is placed massive pillar rotunda. Near the cave is a museum, gift shop and cafe.
The purpose of the construction of structures is unknown, and the various theories of the construction of different spread within 3000 years. Some of the assumptions associated with the Grotto of the Knights Templar, the other — with the ancient Phoenicians. The last statement in a recent finding more and more followers in pseudo-scientific circles, as some patterns, lined with shells, evoke associations with Phoenician characters.
These assumptions are fueled by the fact that the name of the county of Kent, where Margaret is believed at present, is derived from the Phoenician goddess Tanit. Despite what many consider some fragments of mural crocodile, owl or a turtle, abstract nature of these images makes these suggestions very subjective.
Due to the fact that scientific attempts to date the Grotto by radiocarbon analysis have not been successful, today the age structure is uncertain. Among other factors, the analysis prevents soot, which were covered with barnacles during the operation, as in the 1800s were used to illuminate the sights Victorian lamp.
Lighting lamps caused blackening of the once colorful surfaces, which, in addition, under constant exposure to water and vlagi.Krome this, it was found that the grotto in the nineteenth century, was rebuilt many times: added a new arch, the so-called "altar", as well as some of the panels and niches have been removed and then restored.
Was also completely removed the original floor. During the Second World War, the east wall of the so-called "sanctuary" camera was destroyed by a bomb. The mystery of the grotto of shells every year more and more interest warms up tourists from all over the world who wish to admire the handiwork of unknown artists.
A look at that: thousands of colorful shells of sea creatures artfully laid out in the form of intricate patterns that leave no one indifferent, creating in the mind of every spectator endless stream of associations and versions of the origin.