"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…

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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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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

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

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” – this is how the tourists from different countries comment on what they see. The stone-laced Leuven Town Hall in Belgium is considered the most beautiful in Europe, and some connoisseurs of architecture even call it the most magnificent city hall in the world. 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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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…

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10 ancient ruins that gave scientists exciting discoveries
Recently, the ruins, investigated by archaeologists around the world, gave a lot of unusual artifacts and previously unknown information about how the ancients lived. As a rule, everyone expects that…

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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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