10 "impregnable" prisons, of which still managed to escape
The prison is a place for criminals, and it is assumed that prisoners do not have the opportunity to escape. But the desire for freedom is such that, from time…

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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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The masterpieces of Lev Kekushev – “the father of Moscow modernity” and a man of mysterious and dramatic fate

If we talk about buildings built in pre-revolutionary Moscow in the modernist style, it is imperative to mention the two mansions of architect Kekushev. They are extraordinarily original and, interestingly, built by the architect, not to order, but for themselves. Fortunately, both houses are in excellent condition, and we can admire them, admiring the imagination and talent of the “father of Moscow modernity”. Continue reading

Thousands of frescoes about the Last Judgment and other oddities of the ancient cathedral, which is considered a symbol of Florence

In the center of Florence there is a unique, absolutely magnificent building – the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It was built 150 years, but such a long and painstaking work was worth it: a giant, insanely beautiful cathedral can hold three hundred thousand people at the same time, and this is not its only record. In general, you should definitely learn more about this sight and see every detail of it. Continue reading

“Great Toy” Paul I: What is famous for the fortress near St. Petersburg, which the emperor built for fun

The son of Catherine II, Paul entered the Russian history as a man with a difficult fate and ambiguous ruler, obsessed with military affairs and, as they say, he loved to play soldiers. A small castle-fortress, located in the city of Pavlovsk, near St. Petersburg, still keeps the memory of the “military eccentricities” of this controversial person. Paul I’s Bastion is not very famous, but, nevertheless, the most interesting sight of the northern capital. Continue reading

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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Thousands of frescoes about the Last Judgment and other oddities of the ancient cathedral, which is considered a symbol of Florence
In the center of Florence there is a unique, absolutely magnificent building - the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It was built 150 years, but such a long and…

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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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House with towers in St. Petersburg: A building in the style of English castles, which can withstand even a high-explosive bomb
One of the most beautiful tenement houses of St. Petersburg at the beginning of the 20th century looks as if an unknown force transferred it here from European countries. The…

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