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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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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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 about the fact that once they were completely different. Meanwhile, many centuries ago, this symbol of the Kremlin looked very specific from the point of view of modern man. Continue reading

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 the middle of the jungles of Australia seems almost unreal. Spouses Mark and Judy Evans, however, accidentally emerged in the jugles just to the Spanish castle, and soon learned that this castle is a local legend. Continue reading

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 known for one of the main monuments of Gothic architecture, what Napoleon has to do with it and why in our review.

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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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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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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…

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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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