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The Sistine Chapel Illusions
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
02.11.2017 | top, Italy, architecture, art, Vatican
Roofs Generation
They become the place for the coolest parties, source of extraordinary ideas and unpredictable discoveries. Nowadays whole houses, temples, gardens, pools and stadiums reach peaks of their popularity – all of them on tops of buildings.
20.10.2017 | top, architecture
The great curves: Friedensreich Hundertwasser
He made up his name to be one of a kind. Riot of his selfhood became the basis for enormous artistic heritage while architecture demonstrated the possibility to combine ecological compatibility with modern technologies.
PHOTOPROJECT: Beyond Warsaw
We would catch the last warm autumn sun rays at almost empty Warsaw Sunday streets. When the sun had hidden behind the skyscraper - we got high on the tallest among them to enjoy the sunset.
16.08.2017 | architecture, Poland
Not by tower alone
The word is, Guy de Maupassant hated Eiffel Tower. The famous writer believed that it was uglifying the face of Paris without benefiting the city. Nevertheless, he could be often seen in a cozy cafe on the top of the construction. In such cases the author of “Bel Ami” used to say that “it was the only way the damned tower dropped out of his sight…”
We were there: Prague
Where to look for Clementin, the narrowest hotel in Czech Republic merely 3.28 meters wide, how to chose between Pilsner Urquel, Krušovice and Gambrinus, when to feed gold-colored carps and why tram 91 has no peer? Elvira Matrosova learned about these and more. And despite the fact that this city stands on Vltava (Wilth-ahwa – literally means Wild water), it is aristocratic, consistent and calm yet far from Puritanism. Aroma of hop, buns and coffee all around is an unmistakable sign of Prague being glad to indulge all touristic weaknesses of yours – so get ready!
04.06.2017 | architecture, Czech
Luxury in Korean Style: Royal Palaces of Seoul
Seoul of South Korea that blisteringly turned from an ancient city of a poor country into a prospering capital of an advanced state over 20th century, definitely deserves respect; as much esteem is earned by those municipal officials and patriots who, in times of explosive industrialization, managed to preserve glorious heritage of the past – royal palaces of Joseon dynasty.
28.08.2016 | top, architecture, South Korea
Ghost cities: Detroit, Oradour-sur-Glane, Pripyat, Chenggong
American Detroit was until recently known as the automotive capital. But nowadays it is more often than not mentioned in the context of decline and population outflow. Outlook decided to figure out why ghost cities emerge.
26.04.2016 | architecture, society
Le Grand Louvre
First exhibition of paintings in the world’s most visited museum the Louvre was opened on 1793. But its building was well-known far beyond France, though the edifice was not used with such lofty cultural purposes.
09.02.2016 | architecture, history, France, places
VIDEO. Bethlehem: perfect holiness
The Embassy of Palestine in Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mohammed Al-Assad organized a trip for journalists to Palestine. OUTLOOK team was among them. We launch a series of videos about this country and start with Bethlehem!
I came, I saw, I built
Sometimes it happens that you look at a postcard with a picture of a city and instantly realize that this is Kyiv, or Moscow, or Rome or your native village. And it isn’t courtesy of your geography teacher but back-breaking efforts of artisans with whose hands commonly familiar architecture masterpieces were created. Today we recall Italian conqueror of marble Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Treasures of Denmark
Why have three wives if there is a chance to get hold of jewels? And as soon as a name of a king becomes “nourished” with a collection of family relics, one can start thinking about the one and only who will continue a reputed kin. Knowing that Thirty Years’ War was about to begin, Christian IV of Denmark and Norway ordered to build a castle that would be impossible to destroy. He transferred all the gold and jewelry there and locked himself inside. The word is, the monarch never found the one and only, but he created currently largest treasury in Kingdom of Denmark – Rosenborg Castle.
05.10.2015 | Denmark, architecture
Sculpture of the Vatican: history and philosophy
"A small territory with a great mission" is the motto under which on February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See recognized Vatican as a sovereign territory. It was an agreement which opened doors for curious patrons who for centuries had been trading gossip about "What is kept inside Vatican castles?". Evil tongues grumbled that the walled enclave protected magic books of how to seize the world, the castle’s cellars hide torture chambers for sinners, and after liturgies alchemists are busy inventing the Philosopher's Stone. But when museums welcomed visitors, both guests and the Romans gasped with delight. Collectors estimated that the cost of all the works of art featured by almost the smallest country in the world, is 150 times more than the world's GDP.
28.09.2015 | architecture, history, Vatican
«Crossing Palms With Silver» – Globally
Today we are going to bust stereotypes about gypsies being mainly poor homeless beggars who wander in the streets, longing to “illegally” lure something out of honest citizens. To do that, we head to one of districts of Moldovan city Soroca. Two- and three-storied mansions with gold-gilded domes will blind you, just like hypnotic pendulums...
City paths
Approximately 53% of the world's population lives in cities, which in contrast to villages where highways are almost the same, consist of many routs: long and short, wide and narrow, beautiful and plain. There are no criteria: someone admires Rio slums more than Broadway Avenue. We will not judge what is best or worst, but just focus on data.
03.06.2015 | architecture
EASTERN HIGHTS
Stereotypes are terrible. They form a definite picture of the world in our heads, and it is not so easy to change. Take, for instance, the concept of skyscraper: imagination of 90% people immediately provoke skyline of American cities, familiar from movies and TV. It is quite logical, but nowadays panorama of the best luxury skyscrapers is in other direction – keep moving to the East. For Arab structures may outdo Western ones in all respects.
Stroll Around Dungeons of Europe: Paris, Berlin, Prague
Sauntering through picturesque nooks of Grand Dame Europe we look around without even suspecting how many interesting things there are beneath our feet.
OUTLOOK: for the Day of Independence of Ukraine...
Today in honor of Independence Day of Ukraine OUTLOOK prepared interesting stories about sites that are in UNESCO world heritage list ! We want not only to see beauty of foreign cultures and places of interest but also to pay attention on Ukrainian ones!!!
24.08.2014 | architecture, Ukraine, culture
Ukrainian Artist Elaborated The Concept of A Growing City of Future
Ukrainian artist and architect Stepan Ryabchenko elaborated a concept of a modern growing city. OUTLOOK got lucky to talk to the author – we share his revolutionary ideas with you.
Archi-unusual Architecture in Ukrainian Latitudes
Morning, as we know from commercials, starts with coffee while July is welcomed in Ukraine with the Architect’s Day. Through the Golden Gates of Kiev – first significant landmark – entered a thousand-year-long era of urban development with very own style. Splendor of palaces and shine of churches’ domes, might of castles and austerity of soviet realism – this is the façade of architectural Ukraine. However we will try and enter through a back door.
01.07.2014 | architecture, Ukraine, places
Bridge to kingdome come
Just imagine that bridges were old friends gathering on Sunday evenings over a cup of hot chocolate and spinning a yarn on how they were built, what they saw and heard, who stepped on them to reach some destination, and if it was reached. Then, the Brooklyn Bridge could have been a heart and soul of the company and also a swellhead. It seems that once the Bridge has been visited by everyone: from gloomy suicides to a bit more joyful newlyweds, and a dozen of elephants - just for the sake of peace.
18.06.2014 | USA, architecture, do you know
VIDEO: Rumyantsev-Paskevich Palace
With the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Valentin Velichko we were able to admire Rumyantsev – Paskevich Palace. Now you have this opportunity !
Gate to Ages Past and Gone
On June, 3, 1954 in the Sahara was discovered tomb of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh Sanheta (2570 BC). But today it would be nice to recall the other significant findings, which are now undeservedly forgotten.
Nonexistent literature characters in bronze
Today is the day of children's books. To this date OUTLOOK prepared for you a gallery of statues created in honour of the famous fictional characters of children's books.
10.02.2014 | literature, architecture
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