Faces of metropolitan houses: How mascarons appeared in Moscow and where they can be seen
When people rush through the streets of the center of Moscow, few people notice small details on old houses. Moreover, even large and seemingly noticeable architectural elements elude our attention.…

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Why the city authorities "hid" a masterpiece of architecture, along with the tenants
Savvinskoe Compound - an amazing building. Despite its beauty, as well as its architectural and historical value, it is hidden so that many citizens do not even know about its…

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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

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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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,…

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The tragic prophecy and other little-known facts about Notre-Dame de Paris - the cathedral where Napoleon himself was crowned
April 5, 2019 in the capital of France there was a fire in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. He destroyed the spire of the building and its roof. What is…

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What did the Kremlin chimes look like at the time of Ivan the Terrible and Catherine II
The Kremlin chimes are the hallmark of Moscow and of all of Russia. We are so accustomed to their appearance, to their characteristic battle, that sometimes we don’t even think…

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