Igumnov's House. Detail of the decoration. It was built in 1883 – 1893 by Nikolay Igumnov, a rich Russian merchant. Architect: Nikolay Pozdeev. Nowadays, the residence of the French Ambassador to Russia is situated here. Moscow, #Russia

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I personally love Russian architecture because it is so elegant with the spheres on the top of the building More

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Closer look from Nikolay Bugrov's house. (Merchant in 1880's Nizhny Novgorod) http://englishrussia.com/2015/04/21/the-house-of-a-russian-merchant/2/

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The State Hermitage The Winter Palace is one of the most splendid buildings in St. Petersburg. Almost all the Romanovs starting from Catherine the Great resided there. The palace had hundreds of rooms; many of them were State Halls the interiors of which are preserved till the present days and open to visitors.

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