Voices from Russia

Friday, 16 September 2016

Sputnik International Presents… Seven Unknown Wonders of the World


The Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is one of Africa’s most famous landmarks



Great Mosque of Djenné



Chand Baori is a stepwell in the village of Abhaneri in Rajasthan (India)



As others look on, an Indian youth jumps into the historic Chand Baori stepwell



Probably, the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest (Romania) is the largest civil administration building in the world



The Alexandru Ioan Cuza Hall dwarfs foreign tourists… another name for this building is the “House of the People”



The Stari Most (Old Bridge) is a 22-metre-high (72-foot-high) reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge over the Neretva River in Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina… in 1993, Croatian forces destroyed the original bridge during the Croat-Bosniak War



A diver leaps from the Stari Most in a traditional bridge diving competition



Kumbhalgarh Fort, in the former princely state of Udaipur/Mewar (Rajahsthan (India))… its walls extend over 38 kilometres (23.7 miles), making them the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China



Kumbhalgarh Fort



Built in the early 17th-century, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan (Iran) is one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture



Interior of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque



Derawar Fort, a massive square fortress in Bahawalpur in Pakistan… the fortress has 40 towering bastions; the circumference of its 30-metre-high (99-foot-high) walls is about 1.5 kilometres (0.94 mile)



Derawar Fort


Some man-made “wonders of the world”, such as the Colosseum or Taj Mahal, have much fame, but there are many more architectural masterpieces scattered across the globe that aren’t quite so famous.

27 February 2016

Sputnik International



Monday, 26 November 2012

26 November 2012. A Photo Essay. Only in Russia… Our Dream House in Minsk







Well, these folks built their dream house in Minsk in Belarus. It has five main rooms and has a floor area of 180 square metres (1,940 square feet). That’s about the size of an average American suburban tract house. It looks achingly normal… just why are there sanctions against them anyway? They don’t need to sell out to American corporate interests…


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

22 August 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. “Open Space” Engenders Stress


“The design of modern ‘open space’ offices has the intention of creating team spirit and camaraderie, but for the most part, it’s brought in a high level of noise, a lack of privacy, as well as many distractions, whether from people or from digital devices”. Click here for material on InoSMI Group designs.

21 August 2012

Sergei Yolkin



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