architecture

What did the Kremlin chimes look like at the time of Ivan the Terrible and Catherine II
The Kremlin chimes are the hallmark of Moscow and of all of Russia. We are so accustomed to their appearance, to their characteristic battle, that sometimes we don’t even think…

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What did the Kremlin chimes look like at the time of Ivan the Terrible and Catherine II
The Kremlin chimes are the hallmark of Moscow and of all of Russia. We are so accustomed to their appearance, to their characteristic battle, that sometimes we don’t even think…

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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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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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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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An extravagant skyscraper temple with a dragon that ghosted to its creator during meditation
The Buddhist temple Wat Samphran (Wat Samphan) in Thailand, even for this country is very extravagant, because it is an 80-meter tower of bright pink color entwined with a scaly…

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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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