architecture

"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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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…

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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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The mystery of the mirror of Dracula, which hides the most mysterious mansion of St. Petersburg
In the working quarter, located in the south-western part of Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg, there is a mysterious house. He was lost in the industrial zone among the factories…

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How an extravagant centipede skyscraper appeared in Moscow, and what did the settlers think about it
It is possible to joke that apartment houses "on legs" appeared in Russia in the era of Baba Yaga. But seriously, these buildings first gained popularity in the 20-30s of…

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Revenge of the pest architect or unfinished sickle: How the House-Sausage appeared in St. Petersburg
For a long time, this five-story building, located on Babushkina Street, was considered the longest in St. Petersburg. No wonder, because it extends 300 meters in length, and because the…

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"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…

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