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Around 1900, a new architectural style started to spread, whereby the previous strict historical styles were replaced by less strict round forms that were often based on the example of lush plant motifs. This style got its Estonian (Juugend) and German (Jugend) name from a magazine called Jugend published at the end of the 19th century. In English and French, the style is called Art Nouveau.

To some extent, this was a rebirth of the 17th-18th century Baroque, but on a new level – old forms were not copied and symmetry that was characteristic of Baroque was abandoned. In Estonian manorial architecture, Art Nouveau existed alongside with Historicism at the beginning of the 20th century.

The grandest Art Nouveau style manor houses in Estonia are Taagepera and Holdre (the latter was built without the initially planned high tower). Neeruti and Kiiu manor houses have also been built in the Art Nouveau style.

 
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