Sunday, October 09, 2016

Riga's Art Nouveau Architecture

Building on Alberta iela by Mikhail Eisenstein. Although a popular tourist destination,
this very decorated kind of Art Nouveau is not typical of Riga.
By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Immeuble art nouveau (Riga)

I didn't know that Riga, the capital of Latvia, has the finest and largest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, when the style was at the height of its popularity, Riga was the 4th largest city in the Russian Empire and an important sea port. The bourgeoisie of the city built imposing apartment blocks and local architects adopted current European movements.

Alberta iela 12 By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Escalier
d’un immeuble art nouveau (Riga), CC BY 2.0

Balcony by Hans A. Rosbach – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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