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City Style: 16 Cities For Architecture Lovers.
Trends can come and go quickly, and that’s not just a recent phenomenon. Take Art Nouveau, for example: it was so hot from around 1890, but by 1910, it was so not. In Budapest, however, many fine examples of this style have escaped the wrecking ball. Known as Szecesszió, the style incorporated traditional Hungarian, Transylvanian and sometimes Asian elements, making it distinctly eclectic. Architect Ödön Lechner used brightly coloured ceramic roof tiles and freely borrowed oriental motifs for the Museum of Applied Arts, the Royal Postal Savings Bank and other buildings in the city. Another highlight is the late Art Nouveau Hotel Gellért, with its famous Gellért Baths that were fully restored in 2008. [Photo: Fred Romero/Flickr]