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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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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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

18 architectural panoramic photographs that balance between reality and fantasy
Photos of architectural objects are a special genre when a photographer seeks to convey the beauty of man-made objects. And here, more than ever, everything is important: light, details, angle.…

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Why are straw roofs from 100 years ago so popular in England?
Seeing these beautiful “gingerbread” houses with original roofs, it seems that all of them are from the past centuries or even from some fairy tale. But in reality, such dwellings…

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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…

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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…

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