"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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What can surprise CFT House in St. Petersburg - a kilometer-long museum of Soviet architecture
This is an unusual building on the Novosmolenskaya Embankment in St. Petersburg, which was popularly called the “House of CFT” (the Center for Corporate Trade) - the brightest representative 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

10 "impregnable" prisons, of which still managed to escape
The prison is a place for criminals, and it is assumed that prisoners do not have the opportunity to escape. But the desire for freedom is such that, from time…

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The daughter of a jeweler and designer creates masterful residential art objects from bamboo
The daughter of a jeweler and designer Elora Hardy grew up in Bali, and then went to study and live in America. But ten years ago, she again visited this…

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The town hall, decorated with "lace" and 236 statues, which is considered the most beautiful in the world
Everyone who has seen this building at least once admits that it is something grandiose. “You look at it in one breath”, “Your jaw just hangs down”, “Full enthusiasm” -…

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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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