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.
Let us start the list of the most extraordinary buildings of our country with our own Tower of Pisa. It is “falling” in Zaporozhye, leaning over scurrying pedestrians at 3 degrees. As is the case of Italian original, the construction’s tilt wasn’t designed purposely and emerged due to foundation sag. The tower was designed in 1949 by Ivan Kozliner within the framework of the city’s post-war renovation.
Donetsk hotel BonBon makes one fall in love with it from the very first sight. Architecture connoisseurs subconsciously recall the name of Antoni Gaudi for it seems like the peculiar house bares signs of Catalan maestro’s hand. However in the hotel they would assure you that these were works of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser that influenced the design. An experienced eye can hit resemblance of the Crooked House from Sopot of Poland. The hotel was built in 2011.
Speaking of hotel business, “Salute” of Kiev comes to mind instantly. This year the offspring of an architect Abraham Miletsky, who has made a reality of a project that was expensive even by soviet measurements, celebrates its thirtieth birthday. Due to similarity of
architectural solutions and biological forms, experts often reckon the hotel among so-called “metabolism” style.
In Chernovtsy Ship House cuts its way through the expanse of asphalt waves. It anchored on the intersection of busy streets in 19th century. Legend has it that “Zum Goldenen Shiff” (Golden Ship) Inn used to be here. Therefore locals still call their place of interest “Shiff”, i.e. “vessel” in German.
Without leaving Chernovtsy, you should definitely step by Yuriy Fedkovych National University. The institution ranks among the best universities in Ukraine and romantic architecture is sure to add special charm to getting education inside its walls.
We’ll conclude our outlook with modern masterpiece of Ukrainian architectural mind. Pysanka (Easter egg) Museum in Kolomya (Ivano-Frankovsk administrative region) was opened in 2000. Main entrance is executed in the shape of a 14-meter high egg made of colorful glass. Concept of the museum’s display was elaborated by its director Yaroslava Tkachuk with the project brought into life by local artists Myroslav Yasynskiy and Vasyl Andrushko. Now that we mention it, Kolomya egg is the world’s biggest among painted ones.
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.
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.
Marketing gurus and restaurateurs are enterprising and ready to do anything to increase flow of visitors to their food courts. Quite often, their methods of "flirting" with the public are the same, interior designs and menus are not much different. So, we have collated for you the world’s wackiest, weirdest, out-of-this-world dining establishments.
Nature bestowed our planet with many sky-high peaks, which at any moment give visitors the feeling of boundless freedom. Cities build skyscrapers boasting to one another and, to satisfy high aspirations, they add observation decks at the height of the bird's flight. Travelling from continent to continent, with bated breath we will admire the world's loftiest views from the summits of supertalls.
Spoiled with home-made borshch, holubtsy and cotlets, we are under an illusion that we know Ukrainian cuisine like the tips of own fingers and there is nothing distinctive about it while in fact gastronomic heritage of our country is far richer than a grandma’s ingenuous menu. Time has come to recall original Ukrainian dishes that were undeservedly forgotten in the era of semi-cooked products and fast food.
When we hear about "water city", Venice immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? Tranquil gondolas, narrow waterways, gentle light of the evening sun and ancient architecture create that heady romantic cocktail which attracts tourists from all over the world to the Italian city.
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…”
There is hardly a person, who did not cancel his or her appointment or a walk due to nasty weather, since it is a challenge to get dressed, to keep warm, to wait in the bitter cold for transport, instead you feel like wrapping yourself in blanket and read a book.
Have you ever noticed how parks attrack us when it gets warmer outside? And what happens when you suddenly get there? Time stands still, something starts pulsating inside you, and your body seems to plant out fresh sprouts. OUTLOOK encourages you to visit the most beautiful arboreta of Ukraine, which you will exit feeling double alive.
Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.
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.
Sauntering through picturesque nooks of Grand Dame Europe we look around without even suspecting how many interesting things there are beneath our feet. If you are annoyed with standard tours that include marathon race around museums and monuments, we suggest you have a look at good Old World from a different perspective. Or more specifically, look under its feet.
What do you imagine when you hear the word "abbey"? I'm sure most people will first of all think of Westminster. But what if I said that in fact it is no longer an abbey? So what makes these medieval buildings so special? Let's look at the example of buildings from different European countries.
"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?".
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.
In the very heart of jungles, surrounded by a stripe of water around the perimeter, a huge regular-shaped rectangle that seems like it is giving geometry classes to the starts overlooking it is situated. Silent skies saw times of shiny glory and painful descent of this amazing object. Over five centuries it had been the prime pearl of the mysterious Khmer Empire, its crowning glory and its enemies’ envy.
Buddhists say: to get rid of suffering, one should get rid of desire. There are special places for that. Today we suggest you to check out our top five of stunning temples, where Buddhists and tourists are looking for a way to harmony for their souls.
The architecture of temples has interesting and sometimes controversial history. Quite often the novelties and fundamentals of movements in architecture started with the building of temples with sophisticated design. The Polish Roman Catholic churches are rather bright in their beauty.
Flower fields and valleys are impressive and attract attention of the most discerning connoisseurs of beauty. Multi-coloured deposits of fragrant plants adorn vast valleys of almost every country, in the most distant parts of the world. We offer several options for such floral carpets for every taste.