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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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…

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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 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

The triumph of Marc Chagall in the Paris Opera: How the Belarusian artist painted the ceiling in the Grand Opera

The Parisian opera has been shining with its magnificence for more than a decade when Movsha Chotskelevich Chagall was born in a poor Jewish family in the Belarusian city of Vitebsk. It will take a little more than a century, and his art will be appreciated not only by visitors to the famous French theater, but also by connoisseurs of expensive watches – Chagall’s work literally passed the test of time. Continue reading

18 architectural panoramic photographs that balance between reality and fantasy

Photos of architectural objects are a special genre when a photographer seeks to convey the beauty of man-made objects. And here, more than ever, everything is important: light, details, angle. Panoramic photography greatly expands the possibilities of photographers, because it allows you to capture the object in all its glory and simultaneously show it from different angles. Watch and enjoy. Continue reading

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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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10 "impregnable" prisons, of which still managed to escape
The prison is a place for criminals, and it is assumed that prisoners do not have the opportunity to escape. But the desire for freedom is such that, from time…

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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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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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