Art Deco in Asmara Eritrea Africa

Eritrea’s capital Asmara boasts buildings unlike anywhere else in Africa, a legacy of its Italian colonial past.

Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, was an Italian colony between 1890 and 1941.


Eritrean architectural wonders include a futurist petrol station mimicking an aircraft and the coolest bowling alley in Africa.

Cinema Impero, 1938

Bar Zilli, 30s

Asmara became an Art Deco laboratory during the 1930s thanks to Mussolini

Rationalism, Novecento, neo-Classicism, neo-Baroque and monumentalism are among the varied avant-garde styles played with here. 
The result today is hundreds of aging buildings that are still standing.

Cinema Roma, 1936
Cinema Augustus, 1938
Fascist Party Headquarters, built in 1928
Societa Anonima Alfa Romeo, 1937

“Fiat Tagliero” Petrol Station 1938
Silicon factory, 1938
Asmara Bowling

Video: Mussolini’s City  Eritrea

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