"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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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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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 century. The giant residential building of a teardrop shape, located on Grizodubova Street (Khodynskoe Field), really reminds something of a sail blown up in the wind, which looks grand and arouses curiosity. And the story of this high-rise building is also interesting. Continue reading

Thousands of frescoes about the Last Judgment and other oddities of the ancient cathedral, which is considered a symbol of Florence
In the center of Florence there is a unique, absolutely magnificent building - the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It was built 150 years, but such a long and…

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"Lacy" mansion-masterpiece in Tomsk: House with a tent, which was restored by the Germans
If you are in Tomsk, then you should definitely see the fabulous beauty of the mansion, which is also called the “House with a tent”. It is abundantly covered with…

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18 architectural panoramic photographs that balance between reality and fantasy
Photos of architectural objects are a special genre when a photographer seeks to convey the beauty of man-made objects. And here, more than ever, everything is important: light, details, angle.…

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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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