architecture

Why are straw roofs from 100 years ago so popular in England?
Seeing these beautiful “gingerbread” houses with original roofs, it seems that all of them are from the past centuries or even from some fairy tale. But in reality, such dwellings…

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7 unique temples recognized as vivid examples of modern religious architecture
The temple in the understanding of most people must necessarily meet the classical architectural canons corresponding to a particular religion. But such a view is most likely connected with our…

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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 appeared, because there are more and more adherents of this religion here. The Cambridge mosque has a unique design, it is decorated with carved geometric wooden elements and it can accommodate about a thousand believers. In general, this is a mosque of the XXI century. Continue reading

What secrets hide the most famous Mediterranean villas built in the Renaissance

Mediterranean villas were once a way to bring back the ideals of antiquity into everyday life. Noble Italians of the Renaissance erected country houses to hide there from the summer heat, enjoying the shade of exquisite gardens and the coolness of fountains. Neighbors in European countries at that time preferred fortified castles – and only a few centuries later the splendor of the villas was appreciated all over the world. Continue reading

“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 an incredible “lace”, and at the beginning of the last century a local merchant owned it. After the revolution, the fabulous “Teremok” was nationalized, but, fortunately, his fate turned out to be quite favorable, and now he can admire both local residents and tourists with his elegant look. Continue reading

5 historical buildings that Moscow has lost in the last seven years

Over the past few years, Moscow has become much younger. The average age of its buildings has decreased not only due to new buildings, but also because of the demolition of buildings that are more than a hundred years old. Many of them had historical and architectural value, were favorite attractions of tourists. They can not be remembered, and it is very sad that they were considered something extra in Moscow. Continue reading

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 houses the residence of the ambassador of France. Secondly, there are incredible rumors and legends about this house. Thirdly, his “teremochny” look with a huge amount of bright decorative elements and unique details evokes thoughts of magic and brings it to a fairy tale. Continue reading

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Moscow could be different
In the entire history of the USSR, Soviet leaders have repeatedly come up with the most incredible plans to change the face of the capital. Particularly ambitious were the recurring…

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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…

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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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"Gingerbread" Kremerbryuke
The bridge, originally invented by people as a construction connecting two points, has long ceased to perform a narrowly applied function. In the modern sense, such an architectural structure can…

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