Jurmala is the city by the Gulf of Riga stretching along 33 km of coastline with modern relaxation and resort facilities. It has become the largest resort area in the Baltics as well as a popular location for international conferences and meetings.
The city characterized by its wooden architecture with woodcut accents, cottage-style buildings and resort centers. The look of Jurmala in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century is its wooden houses with fascinating wood engraving decors in building facades and rooftop structures. The construction of Jurmala has historically formed along with the development of Jurmala resort, when many people – locals and foreigners – came to undergo a cure and relax. Romantic streets and wooden cottages surrounded by pine trees also nowadays create the vision of the olden days.
The wooden buildings of Jurmala are significant and unique cultural heritage. Jurmala buildings are made unique by the fact that historicism-style wooden houses are quite rare. Wooden houses with their finely divided windows, verandas and rooftops are a Jurmala feature. Luxurious wooden buildings have extensive gardens, swimming pools, fountains and garden sculptures designed by noted architects. The old wooden building is preserved in Dzintari. These houses were built by affluent people, that is why the designs are ambitious and respectable. Harmoniously co-exist – Classicism, Art Nouveau, National Romanticism and Functionalism. The list of architectural monuments includes 414 buildings, but more than 4000 correspond to the status of the city’s historical buildings.