Except for the typical tourist attractions, there are many things in Moscow which one should absolutely see just because they are unique and have some history which is connected with specific periods, or styles. But the first thing why you should see them is their marvelous look, no like each other, which almost completely tears all the templates, and let others see an atypical city.

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01Arseny Morozov Mansion on Vozdvizhenka

When Arseny Morozov, a person of the famous Morozov family, decided to build a house similar to the famous Pena National Palace, many people in Moscow, including his own mother, laughed at him. The very building of this eclectic house seemed a real eccentricity at the end of the 19th century.

But now, we can see that Arseny Morozov Mansion not far away from the Kremlin and Arbat looks really exotic, with all those shells, reminiscing of the Casa de las Conchas in the city of Salamanca in Spain, tracery, and Moorish architectural elements. More details about Arseny Morozov Mansion...

02The Melnikov House

Outstanding Soviet architect Konstantin Melnikov built this one-flat building for his family, including himself. Now the building is a bright example of Soviet avant-garde and is an architectural monument, despite the fact that it doesn’t look like a house at all. It’s located in one of the Arbat side-streets in the Moscow center, and from one side resembles a giant tube with eclectic geometric windows — a must-see for sure! More details about Melnikov House...

03The Pertsova, or Pertsov, House

This house located at the corner of Soymonovsky passage and Presnenskaya embankment was built in the beginning of the 20th century considering the project of the artist Sergei Malyutin who was an author for the first painting of the Russian Matryoshka doll. The Pertsova house is famous for its connection with artists, who lived there, and its magnificent Russian style which is underlined by unusual decor and color. More details about Pertsova House...

04Teahouse on Myasnitskaya Street

The teahouse on Myasnitskaya Street resembles a Chinese pagoda and is considered to be the real office of a company that was involved in the tea trade. In 1875 the merchant named Sergei Perlov initiated the building of the house which might become home to his tea shop and some apartments for rent and for his family. The front side was redecorated in the Chinese style before the visit of the Chinese ambassador who didn’t in fact stop at this house and preferred Perlov’s brother and competitor house. More details about Teahouse on Myasnitskaya...

05The centipede house on Begovaya Street

This unusual house was built in 1978 in terms of the experiment. Its architect Andrei Meyerson was inspired by the works of the French master Le Corbusier, who was adept in functionalism and modernism. This 13-storeyed building stands on large feet, and it really seems that the house is like a centipede. This brutal building is one of several houses of this kind in Moscow, but somehow it looks quite unique indeed and is absolutely worth seeing. More details about the Centipede house...

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