St Petersburg, Russia- one of the top places on my wish list

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Closer look from Nikolay Bugrov's house. (Merchant in 1880's Nizhny Novgorod)

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Igumnov House (a detail) is a historic house of ancient Rus style and is the residence of the French Ambassador to Russia.It was built in 1883-1893 by Nikolay Pozdeyev and cost the architect his life. In 1880 Nikolay Igumnov hired Nikolay Pozdeyev to rebuild his mansion into a larger residence but constantly put changes into the work of architect. The house became a target of art critics so Igumnov refused to pay overcosts to Pozdeyev; ruined architect committed suicide in October 1893.

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Russian architecture is so elegant with the spheres on the top of the building and the amazing colors!!

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