British daily The Guardian put Kaunas on its recently published list outlining 10 of the best European cities for Art Deco design.
The article points to the Christ’s Resurrection Basilica, Kaunas’ central post office, the headquarters of the dairy company Pieno centras and the city’s Great War Museum as exceptional architectural examples of the Art Deco style. Making the list alongside cities like Paris, Berlin, London and Amsterdam speaks volumes to Art Deco in Kaunas.
“Lithuania’s second [largest] city is a surprising hotspot for art deco. During the 1920s and 30s, this was the country’s capital and rapid urban growth saw art deco, combined with traditional Baltic folk elements, produce a simplified yet characteristic version of the style,” The Guardian wrote.
In 2015 Kaunas became the first city in Eastern and Central Europe to receive UNESCOs City of Design status. Kaunas’ interwar architecture was also awarded the European Heritage label in the same year. Kaunas is currently trying to get its interwar modernist architecture included on the UNESCO world heritage list. The goal for Kaunas is to become the European Capital of Culture in 2020.