Instawalk: Riga’s Amazing Art Nouveau Architecture

i’d always heard that Riga was famous for its permeating Art Nouveau, but i certainly did not expect it to be everywhere. i found a list of highlights, although i think it’s quite subjective because there is (almost) literally an exemplar on every corner.

i organized that list into a Google Map that starts in the east and circles counterclockwise, since that worked best due to where my airbnb is located, but of course you could start anywhere (click the “View Larger Map” link below and drag and drop the addresses on the left to reorder). places F through J are located in the old town.

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it seems that the Art Nouveau as expressed here is different from the more traditional (at least in my eyes) Mucha-esque found in Prague (less vines and women), and in general you see fewer whirls and perhaps even designs that hint at Art Deco to come.

Blaumaņa iela 28

Blaumaņa iela 28

The one with the big faces! (Elizabetes iela 10b)

Elizabetes iela 10b

Alberta iela 4

Alberta iela 4

Magneto, is that you? (Strēlnieku iela 4A)

Strēlnieku iela 4A

Vīlandes iela 11

Vīlandes iela 11

Smilšu iela 2

Smilšu iela 2

Cigarette break under a wreath. (Smilšu iela 8)

Smilšu iela 8

Jauniela 25

Jauniela 25

Šķūņu 10/12

Šķūņu 10/12

They weren't kidding when they said art nouveau is everywhere in Riga

Kalēju 23 (from yesterday, before i knew it was on the list)

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