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Weekly focus #4: Austria, Estonia, Serbia and Architecture

Otto Wagner’s Kirche am Steinhof (Picture: Bernd_gtr, Steinhof ext 3, CC BY-SA 3.0 AT)

Week 4 in the CEE Spring is dedicated to three countries in the region – Austria, Estonia and Serbia, or, if you prefer a particular topic, this is the week of Architecture. Wisely combined, because one of the things Austria is particularly famous around the world (apart from Mozart and his balls 😉 ) is the gorgeous architecture with exquisite examples from gothic, baroque and secession times.

In this category falls one of the articles in Austria’s list with most language versions, that of the architect Otto Wagner (1841-1918), but there still is some chance to find it missing in your language, or a stub worth an expansion. What we can offer you in addition is writing about one of Wagner’s projects, the Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station, an example of Jugendstil (or Art Nouveau) architecture. 100 years ago not only saw the death of Otto Wagner, but also of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, whose artwork is definitely worth translating (see the Austrian list for more details).

Estonia, which is celebrating 100 years since its independence in 1918, also has some interesting architecture to offer: Architecture of Estonia in English Wikipedia is a good starting point for both browsing and translating into your language). From it you will learn that the the architecture of Vanalinn, the old town of Tallinn, is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A number of Tallinn landmarks and architectural gems like the House of the Blackheads are hidden just one click away!

Serbia is our third offering for this week. Again, you can get inspiration from the dedicated article on Architecture of Serbia in English Wikipedia, which contains multiple links to famous buildings and specific architectural schools and influences which developed during Serbian history, with the National Theatre standing out as a symbol for the many changes that Serbia went through at the time of its construction. Or if you like, you can check what exactly is hanging from the branches of the Strawberry Tree in the Serbian town of Obrenovac. 🙂

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