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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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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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

Giant house-sail on Khodynka field
Many unusual houses have been built in Moscow, however, not all of them are old. For example, one of the most interesting and controversial buildings, House-Sail, appeared in the XXI…

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Mysterious terem house on Yakimanka, built by a disgraced merchant and a tangerine planter
The mansion of the merchant Igumnov is one of the most beautiful and mysterious buildings in modern Moscow. First, it is not so easy to get into it, because it…

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Islamic architecture with a British accent: Secrets of the Central Mosque in Cambridge
The word "mosque" in Europeans is in no way associated with Cambridge, but in vain. Times change, and now in this historic British place a grandiose building for Muslims has…

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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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