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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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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Yes, even in the palace! In which houses and how did the largest tea merchants of Tsarist Russia lived?

The richest merchants of pre-revolutionary Russia have realized themselves in various types of business, and in the list of the most profitable areas you can put tea trade in the first lines. Of course, not everyone was able to succeed in the “tea business”, but those who succeeded in doing so became millionaires and could afford a lot. For example, to build or buy a house-castle in the center of Moscow or an entire city estate. Continue reading

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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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…

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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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What survived the "Winter Palace in miniature"
It is called the “chest of drawers” ​​and the “Winter Palace in miniature”. This building is actually the only “representative” of the architectural style of Rastrelli’s Baroque in the center…

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