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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Secrets of a fairy-tale house in the center of Moscow: Why the architect drowned his paintings here, and Trotsky took the owner's apartment
The building of incredible beauty, similar to the tower, is popularly called “Profitable House of Pepper” or “Fairy Tale House”. Located "terem" in the center of Moscow. In this masterpiece…

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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 of Moscow. And it so happened that this particular house keeps the memory of many great people of Russia. At different times and for various reasons, Pushkin, Stanislavsky, Mendeleev and other famous personalities found themselves in it. Continue reading

“Openwork house” on Leningradka

This unique apartment building on Leningradsky Avenue is famous for its “openwork” – it is as if covered with intricate lace. Moreover, the scale of these decorations is impressive, because the building is six-story, majestic. And still it is one of the very first block houses in Moscow. Just a pity that after its construction in the city no longer made such interesting “block-laced” buildings. Continue reading

Where is the very first Soviet Khrushchev and why it will not demolish

In the late 1950s, simple and fast-built five-story buildings, which later received the nickname “Khrushchev”, were called the houses of the future. In the eyes of the architects, and the first tenants, it was progressive, modern, comfortable. Now these buildings are fading in the wake of the Khrushchev era that has sunk into oblivion. But what is surprising: in spite of the actively started renovation program, in Moscow, not far from the Akademicheskaya metro station, the very first Khrushchev in the country has survived. 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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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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The most famous watch towers
All subjects of human life periodically experience the heavy tread of time, obsolete and being replaced by other, more modern ones. The clock itself, which is counting time, is no…

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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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