Secrets of the "harsh" mosaics of St. Sophia Cathedral - a masterpiece of the times of Kievan Rus, which has no analogues in the world
Many centuries ago, St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev was the main temple of Kievan Rus. This masterpiece of architecture is unique in itself, however, there is a real miracle in…

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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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The daughter of a jeweler and designer creates masterful residential art objects from bamboo

The daughter of a jeweler and designer Elora Hardy grew up in Bali, and then went to study and live in America. But ten years ago, she again visited this paradise island and returned to New York very impressed. She was overwhelmed by tremendous ideas related to bamboo: Elora decided to build houses of it, and not simple, but of incredible beauty and practicality. Continue reading

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 everything is unique: the authors, the owners, the tenants, and, of course, the architecture itself. You can admire the tall, narrow roofs and majolica of an amazing building for hours. In general, this is a house-story, every centimeter of which has an incredible value. Continue reading

7 unique temples recognized as vivid examples of modern religious architecture

The temple in the understanding of most people must necessarily meet the classical architectural canons corresponding to a particular religion. But such a view is most likely connected with our ideas about the conservatism of religion. For Orthodox Christians, this is true. The ROC is proud of its traditions and the fact that it has not changed them for hundreds of years. However, not all confessions are guided by these dogmas. Continue reading

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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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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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Abandoned castle in the jungle: How two dreamers created a magical country for the elect
No one is surprised to find an abandoned palace in the Indian jungle or an old temple in the jungle of Mesoamerica. However, stumbling upon a recognizably Spanish castle in…

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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…

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