Art noveau

Time: This route is 2 km long and the walk will take about half an hour. Add 2-3 hours if you plan to enter some of the mentioned sites. The sites are listed from the oldest and the northernmost Art Nouveau building in the town following the question-mark shaped route that ends in a Post modernist café. The Art Nouveau in Subotica The City Hall, the Synagogue, the Raichle Palace and dozens of other attractive buildings listed Subotica among the most distinguishable Art Nouveau towns in Europe. Curved shapes, fluidity of lines, free forms, wavy streaks, bizarre colour combination instead of monotonous gray façades - are the first things a tourist notice in Subotica. Art Nouveau was a pan-European phenomena that was expressed differently across Europe bearing different names: Jugendstil, Modernismo, Liberty Style etc. Szecesszió or Secesija was the name given to Art Nouveau here. It was the first style to stop looking backwards in history for ideas. It was inspired by natural forms and structures. Art Nouveau designers believed that all the arts should work in harmony to create a "total work of art" or Gesamtkunstwerk: buildings, furniture, textiles all conformed to the principles of Art Nouveau. In Subotica, as anywhere in Europe, the best craftsmen of the time have worked on the buildings and its interiors. Art Nouveau was most popular at the turn of the centuries, in Subotica between 1893–1913. It was a period of peace and economic growth and society was rapidly changing through industrialization and urbanization. New technology changed people’s everyday life and leisure time became a new concept. So it is not surprising that Art Noveau is often said to be a decadent phenomena or a Divine nonsense. A walk along Art Nouveau Route provides a fascinating insight into Subotica, past and present. From Leović Palace to Papillon café, discover some of the city’s most extraordinary Art Nouveau venues.

Leović Palace

In 1893, by construction of this building the new architecture style stepped into Subotica. Some of the characteristics of the new style such as rejecting old forms, human proportions, asymmetry, new materials etc – can be found here.

Park Ferenca Rajhla 11, Subotica