Ready for a running tour jampacked with beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and city centre vibes?
Riga is proud of its magnificent heritage of Art Nouveau Architecture (known also as Jugendstil). It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list by virtue of the outstanding quality and quantity of Art Nouveau buildings, which is unparalleled anywhere in the world.
More than one third of Riga’s Art Nouveau buildings present the Perpendicular Art Nouveau style which we will pass by on our running tour along Blaumana street, Brivibas Street, Terbatas Street, Elizabete Street. A very interesting place is one of the oldest markets in Riga called Vidzemes’s market which has a long history and in 19th century was a popular place because the main stop of horse tram was situated next to it.
The run continues in the Art Nouveau district in the quiet centre of Riga, which presents the masterpieces of the Art Nouveau architect Mikhail Eisenstein, where each building is a piece of art. You will have a nice run along the famous Albert Street, where Art Nouveau buildings range from highly decorated to very simple, from Decorative Art Nouveau to National Romanticism. The buildings are highly decorative and the same time deeply functional. Decorated with various symbols and mythological characters, every building tells us a different story. Angry lion and screaming men masks next to contemplative women’s faces, sphinxes, beautiful flowers, birds and animals.
On the way we will pass a yard which has a secret love story.
Continuing our running tour we will stop at State Academy of Art (Kalpaka blvd 13). This building is one of the most impressive Riga 20th century early architectural monuments – eclectic “brick Gothic” facade architecture; especially impressive are the huge windows of Art Nouveau stained-glass staircase.
We then run through beautiful parks until we reach the Old Town where you can see a high diversity of Art Nouveau architecture – Smilsu Street, Audeju Street and Dome Square, until we return to the starting point.