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Title of Product:

The St. Nicholas’s Rotunda in Cieszyn of the mid-XI century

Country: Poland
Century: 1000 - The 11th Century
Topic: The St. Nicholas’s Rotunda in Cieszyn
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Name of Author(s): Malgorzata Fugiel-Kuzminska
Name of Producer: Net periodic:””
Language/s of Product: Polish
Target Group: General audience
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Availability of community:
Objectives & Structure:
Aspects to consider:
- Gathering the historic data
- Creating a path of history according critical events
- History, the nation’s identity
- Training course according the simulation of constructing places of protection
Description of contents:
Not too big mountain in the middle of the today town was a starting place for the hereby appearing planting areas just within the break of IV and V century. It occurred to be a naturally composed protective place. When in the end of VIII century- the Big Moravian troops destroyed the first Cieszyn (the present Chotebuz in the Czech Republic), the Slavonic rebuilt the town just on the Castle Mountain. In XI century there appeared there a town chapel, which has preserved till now. That monument can be described as one of extraordinary range and exceptional beauty. One can feel seeing it a reduced breathe, and an impulse of participating in a magical expedition towards the far past. All that impression is just thanks to the high, slender and majestic Rotunda of St. Nicholas.

It was erected from the beaten limestones in accordance with the technique of opus emplectum. The walls were decoratively covered with tiny, flat, smartly selected stone. On the eastern side is the apse, and the emporium on the western one. The emporium was brought back to existence in 1955 (a controversial issue is however the aesthetics of the construction). The rotunda except the emporium has preserved almost wholly in its primary form. Especially extraordinary are not influenced vaults- the apse’s concha and the copula – really hypnotizing, composed of flat, concentrated in their location plates. The rainbow ornament linking the apse with the nave really arouses that kind of feelings typical of the highest cathedrals’ visitors.
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: excellent
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: excellent
Quality of the evaluation tools: excellent
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
- The website gives a wide scope of information
- The material can be discussed in a kind of sequences among the group
That material gives a very picturesque background of the culture developing and understanding the precise structure of the building as regards the aesthetical character
Evaluation Date: 01.09.2008
Name of teacher: Ewa Bajon
Name of School: Primary School Number 8
Country: Poland
Subjects Taught: Fine Arts

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