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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Secrets of the "harsh" mosaics of St. Sophia Cathedral - a masterpiece of the times of Kievan Rus, which has no analogues in the world
Many centuries ago, St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev was the main temple of Kievan Rus. This masterpiece of architecture is unique in itself, however, there is a real miracle in…

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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

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

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 existence. It is called the hidden sight of Moscow, because in its time it was indeed deliberately removed from sight. And who would have thought that this masterpiece of architecture is located right on Tverskaya! 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…

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Thousands of frescoes about the Last Judgment and other oddities of the ancient cathedral, which is considered a symbol of Florence
In the center of Florence there is a unique, absolutely magnificent building - the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It was built 150 years, but such a long and…

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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 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…

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