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…

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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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House with towers in St. Petersburg: A building in the style of English castles, which can withstand even a high-explosive bomb

One of the most beautiful tenement houses of St. Petersburg at the beginning of the 20th century looks as if an unknown force transferred it here from European countries. The owner designed it himself and later settled here – on the top floor, in the apartment between the towers. This magnificent building, like a strange decoration, still pleases the eye of passersby. Continue reading

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. Meanwhile, from dozens of Moscow houses amazing masks look to us, each of which has its own features and its own expression of a stone face … 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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"Lacy" mansion-masterpiece in Tomsk: House with a tent, which was restored by the Germans
If you are in Tomsk, then you should definitely see the fabulous beauty of the mansion, which is also called the “House with a tent”. It is abundantly covered with…

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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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"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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