"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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Giant house-sail on Khodynka field

Many unusual houses have been built in Moscow, however, not all of them are old. For example, one of the most interesting and controversial buildings, House-Sail, appeared in the XXI century. The giant residential building of a teardrop shape, located on Grizodubova Street (Khodynskoe Field), really reminds something of a sail blown up in the wind, which looks grand and arouses curiosity. And the story of this high-rise building is also interesting. 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, built by the architect, not to order, but for themselves. Fortunately, both houses are in excellent condition, and we can admire them, admiring the imagination and talent of the “father of Moscow modernity”. Continue reading

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 would seem to find it easy. From the novel it follows that this is a Gothic mansion, located near the Arbat, in the alleys, and having a beautiful garden with a metal lattice fence. Continue reading

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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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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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 can surprise CFT House in St. Petersburg - a kilometer-long museum of Soviet architecture
This is an unusual building on the Novosmolenskaya Embankment in St. Petersburg, which was popularly called the “House of CFT” (the Center for Corporate Trade) - the brightest representative of…

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