The Art Nouveau capital of the world
In the early 20th century, Latvia underwent rapid urbanization, concurrent with the Art Nouveau movement. As a result, Latvian cities boast a wealth of Art Nouveau architecture, with Riga often regarded as a standout gem of the style.
The historical center of Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts the highest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture in the world, with over 800 buildings. Art Nouveau is defined by its decorative ornamentation, which frequently incorporates stylized versions of natural elements such as flowers, leaves, vines, and animals.
Art nouveau interiors are just as stunning as their exteriors, often featuring intricate details such as painted ceilings, lavish entrance halls, and opulent staircases. Key examples of Art Nouveau buildings in Riga can be found on Alberta Street, Elizabetes Street, and Strēlnieku Street.