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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 facades - 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, Szecesszio... 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 and 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.