Moscow’s Unusual Buildings

moscow's unusual buildings

There’s no doubting Moscow’s rich architectural heritage. There’s an abundance of traditional buildings both old and new which fill the bulk of Moscow’s landscape. There are however a collection of somewhat quirky buildings for anybody to peruse and admire. So let’s take a look at some of Moscow’s unusual buildings… Egg House First up is… Continue reading

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St Petersburg’s most beautiful “доходный дом”

What do Rasputin and Raskolnikov have in common? Apart from the alliteration of their names, they both lived in a particular type of apartment building. Both the infamous and mysterious characters of St Petersburg’s history and literature alike lived in these buildings known as “доходный дом” – where flats all grouped together were rented out.… Continue reading

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This Day in History: Inauguration of St. Isaac’s Cathedral

During my time in St. Petersburg so far, I have walked past St. Isaac’s Cathedral and been quietly impressed with it more times than I can say. However, I never took the time to find out about the history of it, but the 249th anniversary of its inauguration today has given me a great opportunity… Continue reading

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If Buildings Could Talk

It is a well-known fact that St. Petersburg’s architecture is some of the most beautiful in the world, but what about the secrets behind it? I went on a guided tour of the stairwells and back yards of the city to find out a bit more. For anyone unfamiliar with the general layout of an… Continue reading

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Weird and Wonderful Moscow Architecture

In part two of our blog on Moscow architecture, we talk you through the lives and works of some of the strangest Soviet architects… The peaks and domes of Moscow’s iconic skyline are so famous that even people who have never visited the city are familiar with many of its architectural landmarks. But the city also… Continue reading

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The Most Famous Moscow Buildings Never Built

In the first of our two-part guide to Moscow architecture, we take a look at some of the most iconic designs which never left the drawing board. Moscow’s architecture is astonishingly rich and diverse, however few people know about the parallel history which runs, invisible, alongside the city streets and squares. In today’s blog we… Continue reading

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5 Faces of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is world-renowned for its architectural beauty, unique history, and impressive literary heritage. But how did the city get its wonderful reputation? From Peter the Great himself to the peerless Dostoevsky, find out who made St. Petersburg the city it is today.   1) Peter the Great (1672 – 1725) How can we talk… Continue reading

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Visiting Smolny Convent

Сmolny Sobor

Smolny Convent is located on Ploschad Rastrelli very close to the famous river Neva. It is composed of the Smolny Cathedral (Smolny Sobor) and the surrounding building complex, which was originally designed to become a nunnery. History The Russian Orthodox convent was built to house Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, who wanted to become a nun after… Continue reading

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