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International cultural project «Megastegos»

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Buildings of official royal and imperial palaces of Europe – a special type of architecture.

Vladimir Kokorev carries out a unique project of their research and description. To denote this architectural typology, he proposes a new term – “megastegos”.

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«Megastegoses of Europe: the Louvre, the Hofburg, the Kremlin” is a unique book about the architecture of the largest palace complexes.

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(from the Greek Mega - large, Stegos -  tiles, large overlapped spaces)

The Louvre

The Louvre is so large that its form constantly slips away from us. It is impossible to find a single vantage point from which we might see all of it at once and say: "I have seen the Louvre." Such a vantage point, for example, as Rossi provided for the Romanovs' Winter Palace – from under the arch of the General Staff Building.. Only by rising up into the air and considering the Louvre from a bird's eye view does one suddenly understand what kind of form the French bodied forth in their most important palace.


The Hofburg's aesthetic multiformity became transformed into its multifunctionality. It still houses three churches, one of the most famous libraries in Europe, and luxurious halls for balls, but also sixteen museums, a conference center, as well as the official residence of the president. It seems that the Austrians never did form a clear idea of what their national domicile should be.

The Kremlin

One might conceive of these three European megastegoses in terms of the following analogy from Christian art: if the Louvre is a polyptych, and the Hofburg an iconostasis, then the Kremlin is a church, which has gradually amassed inside it the various iconostases and individual icons in icon cases that are required for worship.

About the book

Three volumes

The first volume of the "Megastegoses of Europe: the Louvre, the Hofburg, the Kremlin" is dedicated to the Louvre, the Hofburg and the Kremlin, the second one (expected in 2018) - the Munich residence and the Hermitage, the third - to the Vatican and the Prague Castle.


Books are built in the form of a detailed guide to each of the palace complexes with an analysis of architecture and interior decoration.


Each walk is also a critical analysis: the reader learns to notice not only the beautiful in megastegos ensembles, but also unpretentiousness - from simple "damages" to whole architectural "failures".

Vladimir Kokorev

Author of the book, graduated from the Economics Faculty of Moscow State University, candidate of economic sciences. The sphere of interest in the field of art history includes, in addition to the palaces of Europe of modern times, various aspects of the economy of art in general and architecture in particular.

“This book was born out of the author’s love for the three imperial residences – the Louvre, the Hofburg and the Kremlin. Taste for things is a quality that is relatively rare even among professional art critics, and those that are endowed with them, as a rule, are not very write people, they collect and store more. Vladimir Kokorev, an economist by education, is gifted with this taste so much that the desire to tell others about the wonders of the world that the imperial palaces conceal in himself has remade him – he forced the art historian and novelist to master the profession.”.

Grigory Revzin, architectural critic, curator of the edition


Vladimir Kokorev

Author of the book

“Megastegos” is an architectural organism capable of constant development. I invite you to discuss ways of further aesthetic improvement of this grandiose – in the truest sense of the word – common European heritage.

Grigory Revzin

curator of the edition

Vladimir Kokorev has opened a new architectural type – megastegos. The term, which would define this concept up to now, did not exist in world architecture studies. This is a serious scientific achievement.


Vladimir Sedov

Scientific consultant

This book grows like a snowball: the texts increase and intensify, the layout changes and becomes more complicated, photographs, plans, prints are coming from all over the world. This multiplication bewitches.

Kirill Zaev


«Megastegoses of Europe” – a large-scale research work. Projects of this level are possible only under the condition of the work of a close-knit team of professionals and I am very glad that I was lucky to work with such people.

Elena Bednova

Photo editor

Illustrations in the book are not secondary material, but the basis for narration. The more interesting and interesting it was to work on the selection of material, to break archives, to search for rare images and to correspond with museums and photographers on the ground.

Ivan Anokhin

Author of architectural plans and schemes

The work on the project allowed me to rethink the historical fabric of the urban environment, which includes the connections of different objects with the structure of a modern metropolis.

Elena Dorman

Proofreader, Index builder

The author not only knows the Louvre, the Hofburg and the Kremlin, but also loves them, sees their future. I have visited these megastegoses many times, but now I will look at them with different eyes.

Konstantin Kokorev

Head of the Project

“Megastegoses» is a very clear in perception, deep in content and elegant in form work. In preparing the materials for publication, we proceeded from the principle of  “perfectionism in everything” – it was not an easy but fascinating team work.


4,5 kg

Weight of the book


Copies circulation of 1st  volume

only 7

Megastegoses in Europe


Architectural plans


Than 500 illustrations



Volume – 508 pages with illustrations

Format 290 x 290 mm

Circulation 1500 copies.

Paper GardaPat Ultra 130 gr / m²

Full color printing

Binding cloth

Clamshell case

Printed and bound in the printing house

Papergraf S.r.L., Italy

Strelka Press.


The book “Megastegosy Europea” went on sale in the fall of 2016. It is sold in bookstores in Moscow, and it can also be ordered through our website.

At the moment, you can order a book at a special price

15 000 Rub.

If you order from 3 copies, the cost of the book will be

13 000 Rub.


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