The tile fresco of the former Bukowiner Sparkasse Head Office Building, Centralna Sq
This Chernivtsi building erected in 1900-1901 was amongst the best architecture works in the whole Austro-Hungarian Empire. Initially built as the Head Office of Bukowiner Sparkasse, the building had the style of Vienna secession. The design was prepared by Hubert Gessner, a pupil of Otto Wagner, the father of secession. The building is especially beautiful for its mosaic picture showing twelve antique gods symbolizing twelve crowned provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The panel center shows a girl in purple cloths symbolizing, Austria and the guy with the horse (on the right) symbolizes Bukovyna.
A close-up of the fresco and the balcony
The top of the building
A close-up of the left-hand statue
A close-up of the right-hand statue
Close-up of the eagle (as the symbol of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) on the left
The eagle on the right
A bookstore and the central Tourist Information Office in the building's ground floor
The text on the tourist info plaque says: Chernivtsi, located on half-way between Kyiv and Bucharest, Krakow and Odessa, was a secret capital of Europe with pavements cleaned with bunches of roses and with more bookstores than bakeries.