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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Thousands of frescoes about the Last Judgment and other oddities of the ancient cathedral, which is considered a symbol of Florence
In the center of Florence there is a unique, absolutely magnificent building - the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It was built 150 years, but such a long and…

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time immemorial in Russia

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 about the fact that once they were completely different. Meanwhile, many centuries ago, this symbol of the Kremlin looked very specific from the point of view of modern man. 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…

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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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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 mystery of the mirror of Dracula, which hides the most mysterious mansion of St. Petersburg
In the working quarter, located in the south-western part of Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg, there is a mysterious house. He was lost in the industrial zone among the factories…

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