Albert St

Alberta iela, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

Riga has a number of astounding Art Nouveau buildings, but no better concentration of them than on Albert Street. A short road where every building tries to outdo the last, it’s the ultimate address for a pre-Raphaelite beauty (and the most expensive place to live in the whole of Latvia). As well as fantasising about living there - personally, I’d go for the central apartment in the picture above, with its circular balcony - you can visit the Art Nouveau museum at the top of the road, which showcases the interiors of the era. It’s an elegant, calm and uplifting place to spend half an hour, if geometric shapes and stucco reliefs are your thing. If they’re not, give it a go anyway. You might be surprised.

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The most beautiful street in Riga

Some of the city’s most spectacular examples of Art Nouveau architecture can be found along this street, most of which were built between 1901 and 1908. Facades are rich in ornamentation and decorative elements, including intricate floral motifs, lacy balconies and sculptures of chimeras, sphinxes and dragons. Eight buildings have been designated as architectural monuments of national significance, including several by the noted Russian architect Mikhail Eisenstein. Be sure to stop by the Riga Art Nouveau Museum at 12 Alberta Street, housed in the magnificent former residence of one of Latvia’s most celebrated Art Nouveau architects, Konstantīns Pēkšēns.

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