From the end of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century, many new buildings were constructed in the New City. ... More
Jūgendstils (Art Nouveau)
From the end of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century, many new buildings were constructed in the New City. This was also the time when a new style in architecture and other visual arts, the so-called Art Nouveau or Jugendstil, appeared and dominated in Riga. Luckily, this architectural treasure of New Riga was not destroyed during World War II. Today the elements of Art Nouveau can be seen on many houses throughout the city center. Alberta iela boasts a collection of Jugendstil masterpieces, constructed by M. Eizenšteins. Elizabetes iela 33 and Strēlnieku iela 4a are also fine examples of beautifully decorated and artistically expressive Art Nouveau buildings.
Riga was a major centre of the Hanseatic League, deriving its prosperity in the 13th15th centuries from the trade with
central and eastern Europe. The urban fabric of its medieval centre reflects this prosperity, though most of the earliest ...