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…

Continue reading →

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 →

architectural masterpiece

What survived the “Winter Palace in miniature”

It is called the “chest of drawers” ​​and the “Winter Palace in miniature”. This building is actually the only “representative” of the architectural style of Rastrelli’s Baroque in the center of Moscow. And it so happened that this particular house keeps the memory of many great people of Russia. At different times and for various reasons, Pushkin, Stanislavsky, Mendeleev and other famous personalities found themselves in it. Continue reading

The daughter of a jeweler and designer creates masterful residential art objects from bamboo

The daughter of a jeweler and designer Elora Hardy grew up in Bali, and then went to study and live in America. But ten years ago, she again visited this paradise island and returned to New York very impressed. She was overwhelmed by tremendous ideas related to bamboo: Elora decided to build houses of it, and not simple, but of incredible beauty and practicality. Continue reading

“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 be an art object, a photo zone, a place of trade, and a residential building. But Kremerbryuk in the list of the most original and “multi-profile” bridges of the world can be safely put first. Continue reading

"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…

...

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…

...

What did the Kremlin chimes look like at the time of Ivan the Terrible and Catherine II
The Kremlin chimes are the hallmark of Moscow and of all of Russia. We are so accustomed to their appearance, to their characteristic battle, that sometimes we don’t even think…

...

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…

...