Riga – a veritable Art Nouveau metropolis

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Riga, Latvia’s capital and international gateway is considered to be the cultural center of the Baltics. This ancient city is noted for what many consider to be the finest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe as well as its guildhalls and churches. In the 13th to 15th centuries, Riga was a major center of the Hanseatic League, a powerful association of merchants trading with Central and Eastern Europe.

Art Nouveau styles falls under several branches or substyles – Eclectic, Romanticized, Decorative and Vertical. As wrote Janis Krastins (Latvian Art Nouveau in the European Context:Art Nouveau. Time and Space) already by 1904 Eclecticism has disappeared from Riga, whereas in other cities in Europe it more or less co-existed with Art Nouveau up to First World War and even longer. More then a third of the buildings in the center of Riga are in the Art Nouveau Style. There is hardly any city in the world  that can boast as many  Art Nouveau buildings concentrated in one area, in such good condition and of such artistic quality, not even Brussels, Vienna and other European Art Nouveau centers.

In the permanent display of Latvian National Museum of Art can see  great collection Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Classical Modernism and not only.

 Source and photo from  www.romartraveler.com

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