architecture

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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Seven buildings claiming the title of “House of Bulgakov Margaret”: Gothic mansion in a quiet alley
Many fans of the novel “The Master and Margarita” have been arguing for years about which of the Moscow mansions could become the prototype of the main character’s house. It…

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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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Secrets of the "harsh" mosaics of St. Sophia Cathedral - a masterpiece of the times of Kievan Rus, which has no analogues in the world
Many centuries ago, St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev was the main temple of Kievan Rus. This masterpiece of architecture is unique in itself, however, there is a real miracle in…

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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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The grand "water-bamboo theater": Even before the opening, the Chinese project was recognized as the most beautiful in the world
What it is, even difficult to describe in words. A fantastically beautiful paling of huge columns is similar to bamboo thickets and streams of water at the same time, but…

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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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