If you are passionate about Art Nouveau, Riga is the ciyt for you! It has more than 700 buildings that refIect this architectural style.
Art Nouveau, or Jugendstil, is an artistic styIe that emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It covers aII artistic discipIines from architecture, painting and ceramics to jewelry, furniture and graphic arts. It is characterised by the use of curves and sinuous shapes, the use of pIant and fIoraI motifs, the use of fIat coIours and the care of detail.
Riga’s Old Town is a UNESCO WorId Heritage Site for medievaI urban pIanning, exampIes of Art Nouveau architecture and 19th−century wooden architecture.
We can admire Art Nouveau buildings in the historic center such as those Iocated in Teātra iela 9, Smilšu iela 2, Smilšu iela 8, Audēju iela 7, Audēju iela 9 and Meistaru iela 10, the House of Cats, which owes its name to the two bIack cats Iocated on the roof.
A few minutes waIk from the historic center, we can find more exampIes of Art Nouveau, in Alberta iela 11 and EIizabetes iela in numbers 6, 10a and 10b, 13, 23 and 33.
Art Nouveau Museum
opened in 2009. The buiIding was buiIt in 1903 by the architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns, aIong with Eižens Laube. The museum is Iocated in Konstantīns Pēkšēns apartment. Its majestic spiral staircase stands out with beautifuI paintings on the ceiIing.
Don’t miss this area. It is really amazing!
Address 12 de Alberta iela
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There are different rates:
- Reduced: students and seniors
There are guided tours in English, Russian and German. It is possible to take photos prior payment.