architecture

China's little Paris: 'Our Champs Elysées is a very lively place'

With a Champs Elysées, Haussmann-style buildings and an Eiffel Tower standing proudly over the town, Tiandu Cheng is surprisingly … French. Targeting the thousands of Chinese homebuyers with a taste for French architecture, Tiandu Cheng is a miniature Paris. And a small number of inhabitants already call this mock-up home. Read more...

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Poland boasts world's largest Jesus statue

 
Jesus lived to 33, therefore he deserves a statue that is 33 metres high. That is precisely what the mayor of Swiebodzin, a Polish town of 22000 people, is going to erect. 
 

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Beirut Jewish community restores war-ravaged synagogue

 
Lebanon is a multi-faith country home to 17 Muslim and Christian groups as well as a tiny Jewish community older than the country itself. The latter has not had a place of worship for the past 30 years. Read more...
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Will Moscow finally get rid of the ‘world's ugliest statue’?

 
The “Moscow Monster”, a 98-metre statue of Peter the Great in central Moscow that is passionately hated by most Muscovites, will probably be removed now that the mayor who was friends with its sculptor has been ousted from office. Read more...
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Lisbon abandoned

The heart of Lisbon is showing signs of age. Not only is the city run down, but its residents, put off by the high rents, are also abandoning it. Read more and see the photos...

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What remains of old Beirut

Most of Beirut's old buildings have already been lost to war. But today, the Lebanese capital's remaining architectural heritage is up against a new enemy: developers. Read more...

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Commercial developers accused of razing listed buildings

Russian authorities are under fire from heritage conservation activists for not providing enough protection for listed buildings, which are being destroyed in the night by unknown culprits. Activists say that developers are demolishing the buildings illegally in order to acquire lucrative sites for commercial contracts. And while most Russian officials do little to stop them, the ones who do so are risking their lives. Read more...

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Prague “blob” doomed?

Prague is well known for its Gothic churches and Baroque palaces, not its modern architecture. In order to counterbalance this, an international contest to design an ultra-modern library was held. The winner? A funky-looking yellow and purple blob, planned to nestle between Prague Castle and the Old Town. Not everyone was thrilled and the project now faces an uncertain future. Read more...

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