How an extravagant centipede skyscraper appeared in Moscow, and what did the settlers think about it
It is possible to joke that apartment houses "on legs" appeared in Russia in the era of Baba Yaga. But seriously, these buildings first gained popularity in the 20-30s of…

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The tragic prophecy and other little-known facts about Notre-Dame de Paris - the cathedral where Napoleon himself was crowned
April 5, 2019 in the capital of France there was a fire in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. He destroyed the spire of the building and its roof. What is…

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Where is the very first Soviet Khrushchev and why it will not demolish

In the late 1950s, simple and fast-built five-story buildings, which later received the nickname “Khrushchev”, were called the houses of the future. In the eyes of the architects, and the first tenants, it was progressive, modern, comfortable. Now these buildings are fading in the wake of the Khrushchev era that has sunk into oblivion. But what is surprising: in spite of the actively started renovation program, in Moscow, not far from the Akademicheskaya metro station, the very first Khrushchev in the country has survived. Continue reading

Mansion-castle Morozov
One of the brightest architectural gems of Moscow can surely be called the mansion of Savva Morozov on Spiridonovka. It was built for the young wife of the famous merchant-patron…

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"Openwork house" on Leningradka
This unique apartment building on Leningradsky Avenue is famous for its “openwork” - it is as if covered with intricate lace. Moreover, the scale of these decorations is impressive, because…

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The triumph of Marc Chagall in the Paris Opera: How the Belarusian artist painted the ceiling in the Grand Opera
The Parisian opera has been shining with its magnificence for more than a decade when Movsha Chotskelevich Chagall was born in a poor Jewish family in the Belarusian city of…

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What secret did a disgraced Catholic squire cipher in a triangular castle that became a protest
With regard to triangular structures (for example, the Egyptian pyramids), scientists put forward a variety of versions, seeing in them a special philosophy, and unique energy properties, and even the…

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