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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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…

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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 are the highlight and, one can say, the calling card of modern Britain. In the British provinces, it is still fashionable to cover the roofs with straw — just like a few thousand years ago. It is even surprising how this idea has not yet been picked up by modern Russian summer residents. Continue reading

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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What secrets hide the most famous Mediterranean villas built in the Renaissance
Mediterranean villas were once a way to bring back the ideals of antiquity into everyday life. Noble Italians of the Renaissance erected country houses to hide there from the summer…

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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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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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