How modern furniture appeared 100 years ago: Modernist man, architect and jeweler Josef Hoffman
Chairs with high backs, sofas and armchairs, which are still relevant today, geometric decorations and textiles with abstract patterns ... There is hardly a design area in which Austrian architect…

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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.…

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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

“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 to play soldiers. A small castle-fortress, located in the city of Pavlovsk, near St. Petersburg, still keeps the memory of the “military eccentricities” of this controversial person. Paul I’s Bastion is not very famous, but, nevertheless, the most interesting sight of the northern capital. Continue reading

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 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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5 historical buildings that Moscow has lost in the last seven years
Over the past few years, Moscow has become much younger. The average age of its buildings has decreased not only due to new buildings, but also because of the demolition…

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What secrets are kept by the “temple for the elect,” where only “special” Mormons are allowed
To the north of the Mexican capital, literally a few minutes drive from local attractions - the zoo and the Aragon forest, is a mysterious object of very large size.…

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