In Riga, medieval spires and Art Nouveau dreams

Latvia’s capital of Riga – the European Capital of Culture for 2014 (a distinction it shares with the Swedish town of Umeå) – has an outstandingly beautiful old town, full of Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and late Romanesque architectural styles, as well as lovely, traditional 19th-century wooden housing. But the city is particularly famous for its extraordinary concentration of Art Nouveau buildings, considered to be some of the best-preserved in Europe. (Mariusz Kluzniak/Getty)

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