Friday, April 26, 2013

Architecture in Riga, Latvia

Art Nouveau fans will be in heaven in Riga, Latvia where probably 30% of the buildings reflect this flowery architectural style.

Wander these streets: Alberta iela, Elizabetes, Strēlnieku, Blaumaņa,Vīlandes iela, Šķūņu, Smilšu iela to view a roster of Art Nouveau masterpieces by notables that include Mikhail Eisenstein, Eižens Laube, and Konstantīns Pēkšēns. With facades bearing prominent pine cones, cherubs, a sphinx, elongated faces, dragons, lotus petals, gargoyles, and curiously-shaped windows (including a resemblance to keyholes), the buildings radiate a mythical feel that, at times, even convey a sense of the macabre.

To further saturate yourself with the art nouvea vibe, spend some time in the Riga Art Nouveau Museum that's housed in lavishly-detailed former apartment of Konstantīns Pēkšēns.

These facades below are just a few of my favorites. 




17 comments:

Thomas Dembie said...

Love the detailed architecture photos. This is one place I've always wanted to visit.

JTravel said...

Hi Thomas, Glad you liked my photos. And if you need any travel help regarding what to see/do in Riga, don't hesitate to ask.

Melanie said...

Fantastic! I'm a fan of the style, but the only time I've ever read about Riga was in Henning Mankell's Wallander book, "The Dogs of Riga". Can't say that book did much to make me think I'd like to visit.

Alexandra said...

I had no idea Riga offered Art Nouveau! My dad travelled through Riga on his way out of Russia in 1919.

Brette said...

I don't know much about Latvia - you've intrigued me!

JTravel said...

Hi Melanie, I totally understand. Riga was never top on my list either. I spent only two days there and wished I could've spent several more. It's got a very vibrant vibe.

JTravel said...

Hi Alexandra, I'm a big fan of Art Nouveau and didn't know it was an epicenter for that style until I arrived.

JTravel said...

Hi Brette, Riga was the only place I visited in Latvia. Reason for a return trip.

Living Large said...

I didn't know anything about this country. Great photos and great story.

merr said...

In a place like this it seems a walking tour would be the best way to really get a feel and take in everything.

Irene S. Levine said...

The architectural details look magnificent! Thanks for sharing!

Best, Irene

Irene S. Levine said...

Architectural details look amazing! Thanks for sharing~
Irene

Jane Louise Boursaw said...

Oh my. So beautiful. I'm just stunned by the detail in that architecture.

JTravel said...

Hi Living Large, Thanks bunches. I always wanted to visit Latvia but didn't know about the Art Nouveau, which I'm a big fan of.

JTravel said...

Hi merr, In fact, I took a walking tour to get all these shots. It's the best way of getting around the city.

JTravel said...

Hi Jane Louise, The detail is amazing. I could explore the details of these buildings all day.

JTravel said...

Hi Irene, Glad you enjoyed this post.