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Hertza House

Not far from the Parliament building, along Stefan the Great Boulevard, there is a house that looks like a cake – it is the city villa of Titular Counselor Vladimir Herz, built in 1903, supposedly designed by the Austrian architect Heinrich Lonsky in the style of the Viennese Baroque. The building resembles a birthday cake for its protruding from the roof risolits, and the roof featuring somewhat bizarre-looking domes. The exterior decoration – ornate moulding, vases on top of the facade, richly adorned with bas-reliefs in the form of floral ornament and allegorical figures – completes the front outlook.
Inside, the house was once rife with decorative elements too – walls and ceilings adorned with frescoes on mythological themes, lavishly decorated with gilded mouldings. Inspired by Viennese Baroque and Art Nouveau, with a touch of Moorish style, the building represents a beautiful piece of eclecticism, so typical of Chisinau architecture at the turn of the century.

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