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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Mysterious terem house on Yakimanka, built by a disgraced merchant and a tangerine planter
The mansion of the merchant Igumnov is one of the most beautiful and mysterious buildings in modern Moscow. First, it is not so easy to get into it, because it…

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fifty kilometers north-west

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 of the city, however, alas, it was lost in a back alley, so that not every citizen knew about its existence. And now this green building-palace, alas, cannot be called very famous, despite the colorfulness of its architecture and the interesting fate of its famous owners. Continue reading

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 owner designed it himself and later settled here – on the top floor, in the apartment between the towers. This magnificent building, like a strange decoration, still pleases the eye of passersby. Continue reading

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 it – world-famous ancient frescoes. They are rightly considered the most authentic mosaics of the 11th century, because they never underwent alteration and were not complemented by restorers. Continue reading

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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Why are straw roofs from 100 years ago so popular in England?
Seeing these beautiful “gingerbread” houses with original roofs, it seems that all of them are from the past centuries or even from some fairy tale. But in reality, such dwellings…

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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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"Openwork house" on Leningradka
This unique apartment building on Leningradsky Avenue is famous for its “openwork” - it is as if covered with intricate lace. Moreover, the scale of these decorations is impressive, because…

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