architecture

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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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 dragon. Despite the fact that this building is only fifty kilometers from Bangkok, this landmark is not very popular among tourists. And in vain. After all, here is incredibly beautiful, besides, you can even climb up into the very womb of the dragon building. Continue reading

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 and warehouses, and few of the tourists, and even Petersburgers themselves, know about its existence. Continue reading

What secret did a disgraced Catholic squire cipher in a triangular castle that became a protest

With regard to triangular structures (for example, the Egyptian pyramids), scientists put forward a variety of versions, seeing in them a special philosophy, and unique energy properties, and even the ability to heal. However, the British politician and staunch Catholic, Thomas Tresham, creating his small castle, pursued another goal – to demonstrate to the public the inviolability of his religious beliefs. His house is unique not only for its “trinity”, but also for its abundance of symbols and hints. Continue reading

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 exception. Not so long ago, wrist watches lost their importance for us. But a couple of hundred years ago it was they who pressed the tower clocks of importance, making them just a decoration of cities. However, the watch towers, like many years ago, attract our attention, as they are the symbolic heart of the city. 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

What hides the English treasure house of Chatsworth House, where everyone feels like an aristocrat
The treasure house is what Chatsworth House in the UK is called, just as it does outside. This estate does not just keep a collection of priceless artifacts - it…

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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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The town hall, decorated with "lace" and 236 statues, which is considered the most beautiful in the world
Everyone who has seen this building at least once admits that it is something grandiose. “You look at it in one breath”, “Your jaw just hangs down”, “Full enthusiasm” -…

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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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