"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…

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Mysterious terem house on Yakimanka, built by a disgraced merchant and a tangerine planter
The mansion of the merchant Igumnov is one of the most beautiful and mysterious buildings in modern Moscow. First, it is not so easy to get into it, because it…

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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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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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Wooden masterpieces of modernism in the Russian outback
These amazing houses, located in the town of Gorokhovets, Vladimir region, are fascinated by their originality, originality and beauty, although they were built by master architects more than a hundred…

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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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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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