Yes, even in the palace! In which houses and how did the largest tea merchants of Tsarist Russia lived?
The richest merchants of pre-revolutionary Russia have realized themselves in various types of business, and in the list of the most profitable areas you can put tea trade in the…

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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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7 unique temples recognized as vivid examples of modern religious architecture

The temple in the understanding of most people must necessarily meet the classical architectural canons corresponding to a particular religion. But such a view is most likely connected with our ideas about the conservatism of religion. For Orthodox Christians, this is true. The ROC is proud of its traditions and the fact that it has not changed them for hundreds of years. However, not all confessions are guided by these dogmas. Continue reading

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 in reality it is a theater. It is located near Taihu Lake in Jiangsu Province of China, and the authors really got the idea for such an amazing design in a bamboo forest. Continue reading

“Openwork house” on Leningradka

This unique apartment building on Leningradsky Avenue is famous for its “openwork” – it is as if covered with intricate lace. Moreover, the scale of these decorations is impressive, because the building is six-story, majestic. And still it is one of the very first block houses in Moscow. Just a pity that after its construction in the city no longer made such interesting “block-laced” buildings. Continue reading

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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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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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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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…

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