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Abandoned creepy Hospital of Hitler

Abandoned creepy Hospital of Hitler in Berlin, Germany

Abandoned creepy Hospital of Hitler in Berlin, Germany

Abandoned creepy Hospital of Hitler. For the last years of XIX century the population of Berlin has increased dramatically, which caused the problem of accommodating people. So, by 1898 the German Insurance Institute of the population had built a sanatorium for tuberculosis victims. Belitz-Haylshtetten gradually expanded and operated for decades, taking under its wing many notorious patients, including Adolf Hitler. But now abandoned sanatorium could be an excellent backdrop for filming horror movies.
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Stalin Bunker in Samara

Stalin Bunker in Samara

Stalin Bunker in Samara. Unique and most powerful Stalin’s Bunker, Samara, Russia

Stalin Bunker in Samara
Unique Stalin’s Bunker was built in Samara, as a backup location of Stalin – Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the USSR. Located at a depth of 37 meters, built in 1942, declassified in 1990. Stalin’s bunker in Samara – the most powerful of the now declassified bunkers. Its depth – 37 meters, the height of a 12-storey building, equipped with elevators. For comparison, the depth of Hitler’s bunker in Berlin was 16 meters, Churchill’s shelter in London was located at a depth of only two floors, Roosevelt’s – also two floors. There is no analogs to such construction anywhere, especially if we take into consideration the time of construction. The giant “hole” was excavated in less than 9 months of non-stop day and night work. In the bunker was a stand-alone system air regeneration and its own power. By the way, all this is still in working order. Bunker and to this day has kept integrity and is designed for full autonomy for five days.
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Short life of princess Infanta Margarita

Short life of princess Infanta Margarita, 1660, Museo del Prado, Madrid

Short life of princess Infanta Margarita of Austria, 1660, Museo del Prado, Madrid

Short life of princess Infanta Margarita. The marriages of the royal daughters – a matter of national importance, and for whom to marry Margaret, when she grows up, was known almost from her birth – for the future Roman Emperor Leopold I. That is why the court painter Diego Velazquez painted portraits of Infanta every few years: they were sent to Vienna, so that future husbands relatives could see how the bride grows. She married him on Easter 1666 at the age of fourteen years old. Leopold was twenty-six. He was her maternal uncle and cousin on her father’s side. Margaret called her husband uncle, even after marriage, but he called her Gretl.
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Women wearing emeralds

Women wearing emeralds. Portrait of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna in folk costume by Russian artist A.Malyukov. 1836

Women wearing emeralds. Portrait of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna in folk costume by Russian artist A.Malyukov. 1836

Women wearing emeralds
Emerald stone is one of the most beautiful and stunning gemstones found on Earth. Since ancient times, it is worn by noble and rich women, who are now proudly looking at us from their distant past in the classic and historical paintings by the great artists. The divine stone of Goddess Venus, “The Healer’s Stone”, emerald is for those who were born in May. People wearing an emerald are said to have a peaceful and harmonious married life. Emerald has the power to hold money with the wearer. In Russia, the first Emerald was found by a peasant Kozhevnikov, in the roots of a fallen tree in the storm river currents on the Middle Urals. The largest emerald crystal was found in the mine “Chivor” in 1920, it is known as “Patricia”, weighs 632 carats, it is on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
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The Motherland Calls!

The Motherland Calls – poster from World War II, artist Irakli Toidze, June 1941

The Motherland Calls – poster from World War II, artist Irakli Toidze, June 1941

The Motherland Calls – famous poster from World War II, created by artist Irakli Moiseevich Toidze in late June 1941. The artist himself admitted, the idea of ​​the collective image of the mother, calling on the help of her sons came to him by chance. Upon hearing the first report of the Soviet Information Bureau that Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union, Toidze’s wife ran into his studio with a cry “War!”. Startled by the expression on her face, the artist ordered his wife to freeze and immediately began to sketch the future masterpiece.
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Nina Vatolina Do not talk poster

Nina Vatolina Do not talk poster” (1941)

Nina Vatolina Do not talk poster, most famous poster of 1941

Nina Vatolina Do not talk poster

Soviet artist and beautiful woman Nina Vatolina (1915-2002) is the author of the famous poster “Do not talk!” (1941). It was a tragic time, and the poster was created to help in the fight to survive with a deadly enemy. This is a very sincere work. Moscow in the evening immersed in darkness – blackout on the windows, every day fighting was getting closer and closer to the capital. One day the editor of “Izogiz” Elena Povolotskaya said: “We have to do a poster – and she put a finger to her lips. – It is necessary to less talking now”. Nina asked her neighbor to pose for it, her neighbor had two sons, who were at war at that time. But the eyes and emotional expression – the artist’s reflection in the mirror, as she explained it herself. Later in one of the artist’s interviews she said “What are these paintings for? Were they needed by someone? All of these spells – “Forward”, “Avenge”, “Bay”, “For the Motherland!” ever got into someone’s heart? I doubt it.” (Do not talk! Nina Vatolina)
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Chalk figures in England

Chalk figures in England

Chalk figures in England. The oldest carved figure – the Uffington White Horse, which dates back to Iron Age

Chalk figures in England
Hill figures of England have always got my admiration with this country, history and people who have created timeless monuments of art and culture. The creation of hill figures has been known in England since prehistory, it is a form of art, called geoglyph. The earth carving depicts human and animals, sometimes abstract symbols and modern carving – advertising. The figures are usually created by cutting off a layer of a chalk hill. The opened white chalk spot perfectly contrasts with the green hill grass, and the image is clearly visible for a distance. Ancient hill figures are a phenomenon in England, and the oldest carved figure is the Uffington White Horse, which dates back to Iron Age. Most of the figures are ancient pieces of art, but many are relatively new. For example, Devizes in Wiltshire created a large white horse for the 2000 Millennium celebrations.
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