Asmara (HAN) November 7, 2014 – Public diplomacy and Regional Historic capital news. Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, was an Italian colony between 1890 and 1941. The city was populated by a large Italian community (53,000 of 98,000 inhabitants in 1939), so the architecture is a unique blend of Italian modernism and Eritrean style. Here are the most amazing examples.
The city center was rebuilt in various styles during the colonial decades: Neo-Romanesque, Late Victorian, Art Deco, Cubist, Rationalist, Novecento and Neo-Baroque, among others.
This Modernist city in Africa was also a dream of Benito Mussolini, because he believed it would become the capital of the Second Roman Empire.
La colonia italiana d’Eritrea
Photo: The best Italian designers to turn this transplanted northern Italian capital into the finest example of Art Deco architecture
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