architecture

The tragic prophecy and other little-known facts about Notre-Dame de Paris - the cathedral where Napoleon himself was crowned
April 5, 2019 in the capital of France there was a fire in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. He destroyed the spire of the building and its roof. What is…

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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…

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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

The masterpieces of Lev Kekushev - “the father of Moscow modernity” and a man of mysterious and dramatic fate
If we talk about buildings built in pre-revolutionary Moscow in the modernist style, it is imperative to mention the two mansions of architect Kekushev. They are extraordinarily original and, interestingly,…

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Giant house-sail on Khodynka field
Many unusual houses have been built in Moscow, however, not all of them are old. For example, one of the most interesting and controversial buildings, House-Sail, appeared in the XXI…

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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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Thousands of frescoes about the Last Judgment and other oddities of the ancient cathedral, which is considered a symbol of Florence
In the center of Florence there is a unique, absolutely magnificent building - the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It was built 150 years, but such a long and…

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