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…

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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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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 late Soviet architecture and, in particular, of Leningrad architecture. The building surprises not only with its appearance and incredible length, but also with its internal layout. Indeed, in the House of CFT in the Soviet years, two-level apartments were designed! 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 Josef Hoffman, who had outpaced his time for almost a hundred years, would not have worked. Continue reading

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 to time, even among the most guarded prisons they flee, displaying wonders of ingenuity. Moreover, history knows a very entertaining case, when shoots were made from prisons, about which the glory of reliable and impregnable people walked. Continue reading

7 unique temples recognized as vivid examples of modern religious architecture
The temple in the understanding of most people must necessarily meet the classical architectural canons corresponding to a particular religion. But such a view is most likely connected with our…

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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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What survived the "Winter Palace in miniature"
It is called the “chest of drawers” ​​and the “Winter Palace in miniature”. This building is actually the only “representative” of the architectural style of Rastrelli’s Baroque in the center…

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Abandoned castle in the jungle: How two dreamers created a magical country for the elect
No one is surprised to find an abandoned palace in the Indian jungle or an old temple in the jungle of Mesoamerica. However, stumbling upon a recognizably Spanish castle in…

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