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The Szeged Synagogue is a synagogue in Szeged, Hungary. It is a 1907 building designed by the Jewish Hungarian architect Lipót Baumhorn (1860–1932,), whose work is considered to contain the finest examples of the unique fin de siècle Hungarian blending of Art Nouveau and Historicist styles sometimes known as Magyar style. It served Szeged’s large Neolog community.

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I’ve always adored the Art Nouveau style, but lately i find myself drawn to it even more, especially the works of Gustav Klimt, Renè Lalique and Tiffany & Co.

With the world growing increasingly terrifying and bleak, Art Nouveau gives me a welcome break. Its so vibrant and uplifting. I think it stems from my childhood obsession with all the elves from LOTR. I find the style incredibly comforting and soothing.

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“In the first years of the 20th century, Duke Peter of Oldenburg, a Russian aristocrat, built a palace (above) and a hotel in Gagra, and put Gagra on the map as a holiday destination for the wealthy. Both buildings were designed in art nouveau style, though many of the finishing touches have since disappeared from the dilapidated edifice.

The Soviet government nationalized the palace built by Duke Peter and converted it into the Hotel Chaika (Seagull), which maintained the air of an aristocratic refuge. However, during the war between the Abkhaz and Georgians, the Chaika was looted and has never been repaired.“ - Photos & text from this Wired article