The triumph of Marc Chagall in the Paris Opera: How the Belarusian artist painted the ceiling in the Grand Opera
The Parisian opera has been shining with its magnificence for more than a decade when Movsha Chotskelevich Chagall was born in a poor Jewish family in the Belarusian city of…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

again a carved spire

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 the last century. One of the most interesting such architectural projects is the Moscow high-rise building on Begovaya Street. The people called this house “Centipede House”. However, whatever they call it … Continue reading

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 ideas of building new buildings designed to demonstrate the greatness of the socialist system in general and of Soviet architecture in particular. However, for one reason or another, all these incredible buildings were never built, otherwise the center of Moscow would now look very different. 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 unites them into something single, living, keeping the memory of the history of England and the history of one English family. 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…

...

"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…

...

Why the city authorities "hid" a masterpiece of architecture, along with the tenants
Savvinskoe Compound - an amazing building. Despite its beauty, as well as its architectural and historical value, it is hidden so that many citizens do not even know about its…

...

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…

...