What did the Kremlin chimes look like at the time of Ivan the Terrible and Catherine II
The Kremlin chimes are the hallmark of Moscow and of all of Russia. We are so accustomed to their appearance, to their characteristic battle, that sometimes we don’t even think…

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The most famous watch towers
All subjects of human life periodically experience the heavy tread of time, obsolete and being replaced by other, more modern ones. The clock itself, which is counting time, is no…

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Named the most beautiful and comfortable buildings in the world

There are several prestigious awards in the world architecture. One of them is the RIBA International Prize established by the Royal Institute of British Architects. There are several nominations in the competition, buildings from all over the world are participating in the international competition, and the winner is determined every two years. In November 2018, the time is right to announce the best architectural project. We bring to your attention the four finalists. These buildings are recognized as ideal and will fight for the prize winner. Continue reading

Revenge of the pest architect or unfinished sickle: How the House-Sausage appeared in St. Petersburg

For a long time, this five-story building, located on Babushkina Street, was considered the longest in St. Petersburg. No wonder, because it extends 300 meters in length, and because the building was built in the form of an arc, it was called “Sausage House”. And many who have seen this “miracle of architecture” are wondering: why was it built and is it convenient to live in it? Continue reading

The most famous watch towers

All subjects of human life periodically experience the heavy tread of time, obsolete and being replaced by other, more modern ones. The clock itself, which is counting time, is no exception. Not so long ago, wrist watches lost their importance for us. But a couple of hundred years ago it was they who pressed the tower clocks of importance, making them just a decoration of cities. However, the watch towers, like many years ago, attract our attention, as they are the symbolic heart of the city. Continue reading

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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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Seven buildings claiming the title of “House of Bulgakov Margaret”: Gothic mansion in a quiet alley
Many fans of the novel “The Master and Margarita” have been arguing for years about which of the Moscow mansions could become the prototype of the main character’s house. It…

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Secrets of the mansion of millionaires Kolobovs
Kolobovsky House is a little-known but incredibly beautiful architectural landmark of St. Petersburg. As contemporaries noted, such a magnificent building was bound to stand in plain sight in the center…

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Secrets of the mansion of millionaires Kolobovs
Kolobovsky House is a little-known but incredibly beautiful architectural landmark of St. Petersburg. As contemporaries noted, such a magnificent building was bound to stand in plain sight in the center…

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