House for the elite: Rumors and facts about the legendary Stalinist high-rise - the house at Kotelnicheskaya
Stalin skyscrapers always spawned many incredible rumors and conjectures. Since the 1950s, they have evoked both awe, and admiration, and great interest. Each of these magnificent buildings has its own…

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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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Columns running from the portico

The grand “water-bamboo theater”: Even before the opening, the Chinese project was recognized as the most beautiful in the world

What it is, even difficult to describe in words. A fantastically beautiful paling of huge columns is similar to bamboo thickets and streams of water at the same time, but in reality it is a theater. It is located near Taihu Lake in Jiangsu Province of China, and the authors really got the idea for such an amazing design in a bamboo forest. Continue reading

Giant house-sail on Khodynka field

Many unusual houses have been built in Moscow, however, not all of them are old. For example, one of the most interesting and controversial buildings, House-Sail, appeared in the XXI century. The giant residential building of a teardrop shape, located on Grizodubova Street (Khodynskoe Field), really reminds something of a sail blown up in the wind, which looks grand and arouses curiosity. And the story of this high-rise building is also interesting. Continue reading

The triumph of Marc Chagall in the Paris Opera: How the Belarusian artist painted the ceiling in the Grand Opera

The Parisian opera has been shining with its magnificence for more than a decade when Movsha Chotskelevich Chagall was born in a poor Jewish family in the Belarusian city of Vitebsk. It will take a little more than a century, and his art will be appreciated not only by visitors to the famous French theater, but also by connoisseurs of expensive watches – Chagall’s work literally passed the test of time. Continue reading

What hides the English treasure house of Chatsworth House, where everyone feels like an aristocrat
The treasure house is what Chatsworth House in the UK is called, just as it does outside. This estate does not just keep a collection of priceless artifacts - it…

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"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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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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What secret did a disgraced Catholic squire cipher in a triangular castle that became a protest
With regard to triangular structures (for example, the Egyptian pyramids), scientists put forward a variety of versions, seeing in them a special philosophy, and unique energy properties, and even the…

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