Faces of metropolitan houses: How mascarons appeared in Moscow and where they can be seen
When people rush through the streets of the center of Moscow, few people notice small details on old houses. Moreover, even large and seemingly noticeable architectural elements elude our attention.…

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What can surprise CFT House in St. Petersburg - a kilometer-long museum of Soviet architecture
This is an unusual building on the Novosmolenskaya Embankment in St. Petersburg, which was popularly called the “House of CFT” (the Center for Corporate Trade) - the brightest representative of…

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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

Yes, even in the palace! In which houses and how did the largest tea merchants of Tsarist Russia lived?
The richest merchants of pre-revolutionary Russia have realized themselves in various types of business, and in the list of the most profitable areas you can put tea trade in the…

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Miracle in the desert of Afghanistan
There are many architectural masterpieces on the planet, and mosques in this list occupy a special place. One of the most magnificent pearls of Eastern architecture is the Blue Mosque,…

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Moscow could be different
In the entire history of the USSR, Soviet leaders have repeatedly come up with the most incredible plans to change the face of the capital. Particularly ambitious were the recurring…

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Secrets of a fairy-tale house in the center of Moscow: Why the architect drowned his paintings here, and Trotsky took the owner's apartment
The building of incredible beauty, similar to the tower, is popularly called “Profitable House of Pepper” or “Fairy Tale House”. Located "terem" in the center of Moscow. In this masterpiece…

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