Seven buildings claiming the title of “House of Bulgakov Margaret”: Gothic mansion in a quiet alley
Many fans of the novel “The Master and Margarita” have been arguing for years about which of the Moscow mansions could become the prototype of the main character’s house. It…

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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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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

Secrets of the “harsh” mosaics of St. Sophia Cathedral – a masterpiece of the times of Kievan Rus, which has no analogues in the world

Many centuries ago, St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev was the main temple of Kievan Rus. This masterpiece of architecture is unique in itself, however, there is a real miracle in it – world-famous ancient frescoes. They are rightly considered the most authentic mosaics of the 11th century, because they never underwent alteration and were not complemented by restorers. Continue reading

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 the middle of the jungles of Australia seems almost unreal. Spouses Mark and Judy Evans, however, accidentally emerged in the jugles just to the Spanish castle, and soon learned that this castle is a local legend. Continue reading

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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House for the elite: Rumors and facts about the legendary Stalinist high-rise - the house at Kotelnicheskaya
Stalin skyscrapers always spawned many incredible rumors and conjectures. Since the 1950s, they have evoked both awe, and admiration, and great interest. Each of these magnificent buildings has its own…

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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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Seven buildings claiming the title of “House of Bulgakov Margaret”: Gothic mansion in a quiet alley
Many fans of the novel “The Master and Margarita” have been arguing for years about which of the Moscow mansions could become the prototype of the main character’s house. It…

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