"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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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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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 building was built in the form of an arc, it was called “Sausage House”. And many who have seen this “miracle of architecture” are wondering: why was it built and is it convenient to live in it? Continue reading

What secrets hide the most famous Mediterranean villas built in the Renaissance
Mediterranean villas were once a way to bring back the ideals of antiquity into everyday life. Noble Italians of the Renaissance erected country houses to hide there from the summer…

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10 ancient ruins that gave scientists exciting discoveries
Recently, the ruins, investigated by archaeologists around the world, gave a lot of unusual artifacts and previously unknown information about how the ancients lived. As a rule, everyone expects that…

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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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