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Your mission if you choose to accept it, is to find either an original Renaissance (not pseudo-/neo-Renaissance) building or structure to post in this category.
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Renaissance architecture is the architecture of the period between the early 15th and early 17th centuries in different regions of Europe, in which there was a conscious revival and development of certain elements of ancient Greek and Roman thought and material culture.

Renaissance architecture would have a special influence on all that followed the period. After the discovery of De architectura, the only surviving treatise by Vitruvius, an ancient Roman architect, a new way of thinking about architectural techniques and principles was embraced. The beauty of the buildings that were designed encouraged churches, rulers, and other civic leaders to spend vast sums of money in constructing edifices that are esteemed as monuments the world over.

The most important architectural principle that was embraced in the early Renaissance period was symmetry. Renaissance architects generally sought to achieve geometric balance and harmony in their works. In other words, they sought to integrate the various parts of their structures and avoid mixtures of designs that did not fit well together. Under this general principle, Renaissance architects developed several unique elements that continue to set Renaissance architecture apart today. Architects of the period were fond of domes that could be seen from any point in a given city where the dome was constructed. This differed from medieval architecture that built domes that were to be visible mainly from within the buildings they topped. Pilasters, or decorative columns that adorned walls without providing any real support were also a favorite of Renaissance architects, as were traditional Roman columns that did support the building. The rounded arch that was used in ancient Roman architecture was likewise incorporated into Renaissance design.

During the later Renaissance, the movement that is now known as Mannerism began to influence architecture. Mannerists still looked to the ancient Greek and Roman world as inspiration for their work, but they played with proportion and design elements, producing buildings that violate the principles of symmetry and balance seen in the early Renaissance and yet were beautiful in their own right. Michelangelo is known for his Mannerist approach to architecture.

The Renaissance style places emphasis on symmetry, proportion, geometry and the regularity of parts as they are demonstrated in the architecture of classical antiquity and in particular ancient Roman architecture, of which many examples remained. Orderly arrangements of columns, pilasters and lintels, as well as the use of semicircular arches, hemispherical domes, niches and aedicules replaced the more complex proportional systems and irregular profiles of medieval buildings. Developed first in Florence, with Filippo Brunelleschi as one of its innovators, the Renaissance style quickly spread to other Italian cities and then to another Europen lands...

Historians often divide the Renaissance in Italy into three phases. Whereas art historians might talk of an "Early Renaissance" period, in which they include developments in 14th century painting and sculpture, this is usually not the case in architectural history. The bleak economic conditions of the late 14th century did not produce buildings that are considered to be part of the Renaissance. As a result, the word "Renaissance" among architectural historians usually applies to the period 1400 to ca. 1525, or later in the case of non-Italian Renaissances.

Historians often use the following designations:

  • Renaissance (ca. 1400–1500); also known as the Quattrocento and sometimes Early Renaissance
  • High Renaissance (ca. 1500–1525)
  • Mannerism (ca. 1520–1600)

The 16th century saw the economic and political ascendancy of France and Spain, and then later of Holland, England, Germany, Austria, Czech lands, Hungary, Poland and Russia. The result was that these places began to import the Renaissance style as indicators of their new cultural position. This also meant that it was not until about 1500 and later that signs of Renaissance architectural style began to appear outside Italy.

Important features of Renaissance style in architecture include:

  • Symmetrical arrangement of windows and doors
  • Extensive use of Classical columns and pilasters
  • Triangular pediments
  • Square lintels
  • Arches
  • Domes
  • Niches with sculptures

Typical examples of classical Renaissance style architecture:

Further detail information and examples you can find here:
Renaissance Architecture in Wikipedia
Real-Virtual: Renaissance Architecture
Renaissance Architecture at Great Buildings Online
Renaissance Architecture in Pictures


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Renaissance ArchitectureChateau Nelahozeves / Zámek Nelahozeves (Central Bohemia)

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Nelahozeves chateau, the three-winged Renaissance structure of Italian castello type with arcades in the yard, belongs among treasures of Renaissance architecture in Czech Lands...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/14/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureZámek Cervená Lhota / Chateau Cervená Lhota (South Bohemia, CZ)

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The fairytale mansion Cervena Lhota is located 150 km from Prague in the romantic setting of Southern Bohemia. This charming Renaissance castle is situated on a small rocky cliff in the middle of a lake and surrounded by a wonderful English park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Jihocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/13/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureGrempsches Haus — Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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The Grempsches Haus, from the years 1582-1593, was once part of the manor of the family Gremp of Freudenstein

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member prussel

location: Hessen, Germany

date approved: 4/11/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureAchteckhaus — Darmstadt, Germany

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The Achteckhaus Darmstadt was build at the beginning of the 17th century by the architect Jakob Müller as an octagonal summer house

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member prussel

location: Hessen, Germany

date approved: 4/11/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureZámek Mníšek pod Brdy / Chateau Mníšek pod Brdy (Central Bohemia)

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The waymarked beautiful Chateau, built in northern-Renaissance style in 1656-1672, is the key landmark of small town Mníšek pod Brdy in Central-Bohemian region of the Czech Republic.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/10/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Antinori - Frorence, Italy

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Palazzo Antinori, considered among the most beautiful Renaissance palaces of Florence, is situated in the Piazza Antinori, at one end of Via de 'Tornabuoni.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 2/28/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Larderel - Florence, Italy

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The Palace Larderei is located in Via de ' Tornabuoni in Florence 19.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 2/28/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Medici Riccardi - Florence, Italy

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The Palazzo Medici, also called the Palazzo Medici Riccardi is a Renaissance palace located in Florence, Italy.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 2/28/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Dardinelli-Fenzi - Florence, Italy

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[IT]Palazzo Dardinelli-Fenzi si trova a Firenze in via Cavour 39. [EN]Palace Dardinelli-Fenzi in Florence is situated in Via Cavour 39.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 2/28/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureGammel Estrup Slot, Denmark

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Gammel Estrup Slot stammer helt tilbage fra 1300 tallet- Gammel Estrup Gammel estrup castle can be dated back to the 14th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kallehaugerne

location: Denmark

date approved: 12/26/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Niccolini - Florence, Italy

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The Palazzo Niccolini is a palace in Florence located in Via dei Servi 15.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 12/14/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureNymburk Town Hall / Nymburská radnice (Central Bohemia)

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The Nymburk Town Hall (Nymburská radnice), beautiful representative Renaissance town palace built in the 16th century, is one of the key Nymburk' historic and architectonic landmarks...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/20/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureTurecká vež / Turkish Tower - Nymburk (Central Bohemia)

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Historic Nymburk' water tower, called also Turkish Tower (Turecká vež), was built in Renaissance style in the end of the 16th century...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/20/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureRumpal's House - Prachatice, Czech Republic

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Renaissance house No. 41 is located on the eastern side of Velké námestí in Prachatice.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/17/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureOld Town Hall - Prachatice, Czech Republic

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Old Town Hall - Prachatice.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/14/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureSitr's House - Prachatice, Czech Republic

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Renaissance house No. 13, which is also called Sitruv or Ždárského, is located on the north side of Velké námestí in Prachatice.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/14/2013

last visited: 4/15/2014

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Renaissance ArchitectureJenštejnský dum / Jenštejn House - Beroun (Central Bohemia)

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Renaissance Jenštejn House (Jenštejnský dum), located in Husovo námestí (Hus Square) in Beroun, is the most valuable town's burgherhouse and nowadays serves as a seat of Bohemian Karst Museum (Muzeum Ceského krasu).

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/14/2013

last visited: 1/18/2014

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum "U Vejvodu" / "U Vejvodu" burgherhouse" burgherhouse - Prague

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"U Vejvodu" house, originally two Gothic houses from the start of 15th century, was reshaped into one of the most beautiful Prague' late-Renaissance burgherhouses in the first half of 17th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavni mesto Praha, Czech Republic

date approved: 10/15/2013

last visited: 3/8/2014

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Gondi - Florence, Italy

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Palazzo Gondi is a palace in Florence, Italy, located a block from Piazza della Signoria.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 9/25/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Uguccioni - Florence, Italy

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Palazzo Uguccioni is a Renaissance palace on the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, central Italy.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 9/23/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureOspedale degli Innocenti - Florence, Italy

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The Ospedale degli Innocenti ('Hospital of the Innocents', also known in old Tuscan dialect as the Spedale degli Innocenti) is a historical building in Florence, Italy.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member marcius

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 9/22/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureBasilica of San Lorenzo - Florence, Italy

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The Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the largest churches of Florence, Italy.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 9/19/2013

last visited: 8/10/2007

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Renaissance ArchitectureBasilica di Santo Spirito - Florence, Italy

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The Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito is a church in Florence, Italy. Usually referred to simply as Santo Spirito.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 9/18/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Strozzi - Florence, Italy

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Palazzo Strozzi is a palace in Florence, Italy.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 9/18/2013

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureTown hall - Jimramov, Czech Republic

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Renesancní radnice mestyse Jimramov

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun

location: Kraj Vysocina, Czech Republic

date approved: 7/22/2013

last visited: never

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