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…

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"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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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

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 first lines. Of course, not everyone was able to succeed in the “tea business”, but those who succeeded in doing so became millionaires and could afford a lot. For example, to build or buy a house-castle in the center of Moscow or an entire city estate. 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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What hides the English treasure house of Chatsworth House, where everyone feels like an aristocrat
The treasure house is what Chatsworth House in the UK is called, just as it does outside. This estate does not just keep a collection of priceless artifacts - it…

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10 inclined towers from around the world that can compete with the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The architecture has an amazing property to amaze, delight, inspire and amaze. And among the architectural monuments of different times there are sometimes really strange objects. Many people think that…

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House with towers in St. Petersburg: A building in the style of English castles, which can withstand even a high-explosive bomb
One of the most beautiful tenement houses of St. Petersburg at the beginning of the 20th century looks as if an unknown force transferred it here from European countries. The…

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