Faces of metropolitan houses: How mascarons appeared in Moscow and where they can be seen
When people rush through the streets of the center of Moscow, few people notice small details on old houses. Moreover, even large and seemingly noticeable architectural elements elude our attention.…

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How modern furniture appeared 100 years ago: Modernist man, architect and jeweler Josef Hoffman
Chairs with high backs, sofas and armchairs, which are still relevant today, geometric decorations and textiles with abstract patterns ... There is hardly a design area in which Austrian architect…

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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

"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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Mansion-castle Morozov
One of the brightest architectural gems of Moscow can surely be called the mansion of Savva Morozov on Spiridonovka. It was built for the young wife of the famous merchant-patron…

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Seven buildings claiming the title of “House of Bulgakov Margaret”: Gothic mansion in a quiet alley
Many fans of the novel “The Master and Margarita” have been arguing for years about which of the Moscow mansions could become the prototype of the main character’s house. It…

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Secrets of the mansion of millionaires Kolobovs
Kolobovsky House is a little-known but incredibly beautiful architectural landmark of St. Petersburg. As contemporaries noted, such a magnificent building was bound to stand in plain sight in the center…

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