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.
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
Video: Mussolini’s City Eritrea