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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 ArchitectureHistorická radnica / Historic Town Hall - Levoca (North-East Slovakia)

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Renaissance building of historic Town Hall (Historická radnica) belongs together with adjacent Gothic Basilica of St. James among the key landmarks and historical monuments of town Levoca.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Prešovský kraj, Slovakia

date approved: 6/19/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureHrad Budyne / Castle Budyne - Budyne nad Ohrí (North Bohemia)

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Depicted Renaissance, in the core Gothic water castle is not only the principal landmark and touristic attraction of town Budyne nad Ohrí, but also belongs among the most pictoresque and historically valuable water castles in Czech lands.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 6/9/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureRathaus Memmingen - BY - Germany

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Rathaus Memmingen

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11

location: Bayern, Germany

date approved: 5/26/2017

last visited: 8/2/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureKaple Sv. Rocha / St. Roch Chapel - Stará Boleslav (Central Bohemia)

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Small St. Roch Chapel (Kaple Sv. Rocha), originally plague chapel built in 1568, is located at Max Švabinský street (ulice Maxe Švabinského) close to Labe (Elbe) river in Stará Boleslav.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 5/22/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureWasserkunst Wismar - M.-V., Deutschland

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Wismarer Wahrzeichen Wasserkunst auf dem Marktplatz in der Altstadt

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Windschattenwanderer

location: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

date approved: 5/15/2017

last visited: 5/15/2017

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Renaissance ArchitectureRenaissance-Schloss Colditz – Colditz, Sachsen, Germany

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Das Schloss Colditz ist eines der bedeutendsten Renaissance-Schlösser Sachsens. The Colditz Castle is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Saxony.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member matefreund

location: Sachsen, Germany

date approved: 5/14/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureKatovna / Executioner's House - Brandýs nad Labem (Central Bohemia)

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Executioner's House (Katovna) in Brandýs nad Labem, a small museum managed by Regional Museum Prague-East, is a rare example of preserved Renaissance commoner' house from the half of the 16th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 5/12/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureKaple Sv. Šebestiána / Chapel of St. Sebastian - Mikulov (South Moravia)

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Pilgrimage Chapel of St. Sebastian (Kaple Sv. Šebestiána), which crowns summit of limestone cliff Svatý kopecek (Holy Hill) above town Mikulov, is a fine example of the transition of late-Renaissance to Mannerism in ecclesiastic architecture.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Jihomoravsky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 5/2/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureRenaissance Pharmacy - Gundelsheim, Germany, BW

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In Gundelsheim, Germany, Baden-Württemberg exists an old house at the 'Schloßstraße' which was used by the Teutonic Order (Deutschorden) als hospital. Today it is used as pharmacy. It is built in Renaissance style.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Tante.Hossi

location: Baden-Württemberg, Germany

date approved: 4/21/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureWerneruv dum / Werner's House - Pardubice (East Bohemia)

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Beautiful Werner's House (Werneruv dum), located in Pernstein Square (Pernštejnské námestí) in Pardubice historic centre, is one of several town's examples of valuable Renaissance architecture.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/26/2017

last visited: 7/18/2017

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Renaissance ArchitectureOesterreicheruv dum / Oesterreicher's House - Pardubice (East Bohemia)

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Highly decorated Oesterreicher's House (Oesterreicheruv dum), located in Pernstein Square (Pernštýnské námestí) in Pardubice historic centre, is one of several town's examples of valuable Renaissance burgher architecture.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/26/2017

last visited: 5/10/2017

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum c.p. 78 na Pernštýnském námestí / House N° 78 in Pernstein Square - Pardubice (East Bohemia)

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Luxury Renaissance House N° 78 (dum c.p. 78) with revealed Gothic architectural elements, located in western front of Pernstein Square (Pernštýnské námestí), is one of the most beautiful burgher houses of Pardubice' Old Town.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/26/2017

last visited: 5/10/2017

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum c.p. 58 na Pernštýnském námestí / House N° 58 in Pernstein Square - Pardubice (East Bohemia)

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House N° 58 (dum c.p. 58), located in Pernstein Square (Pernštýnské námestí), belongs thanks to complex architectural development from late-Gothic to Renaissance among key elements of the Pardubice UMR (Urban Monument Reserve).

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/26/2017

last visited: 7/3/2017

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Renaissance ArchitectureKostel Sv. Jana Krtitele / Church of St. John the Baptist - Pardubice (East Bohemia)

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Small Church of St. John the Baptist (Kostel Sv. Jana Krtitele), former cemetery church founded by Lords of Pernstein in 1510, is an interesting example of Renaissance ecclesiastical architecture located in Pardubice downtown.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/20/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureThe Green Gate / Zelená brána - Pardubice (East Bohemia)

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Renaissance Green Gate (Zelená brána), part of former Pardubice fortification, is one of town's principal historic landmarks and it's tower also serves as a lookout tower offerning a great 360° view over Pardubice and its environs.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/20/2017

last visited: 7/3/2017

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Renaissance ArchitectureZámek Pardubice / Chateau Pardubice (East Bohemia)

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National historic monument Chateau Pardubice (Zámek Pardubice), former seat of Lords of Pernštejn, belongs among the most valuable examples of fusion of Gothic castle reshaped into representative Renaissance aristocratic residence in Central Europe.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/20/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureSchloss Reinbek - Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

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Renaissance-Schloss in Reinbek/Schleswig-Holstein

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Windschattenwanderer

location: Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

date approved: 3/12/2017

last visited: 4/2/2017

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Renaissance ArchitectureZámek Vlašim / Chateau Vlašim - Vlašim (Central Bohemia)

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Architectonic complex of the Renaissance Chateau Vlašim (zámek Vlašim), together with adjacent vast English park, is a principal landmark and touristic attraction of town Vlašim.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 2/26/2017

last visited: 7/27/2017

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Vitelleschi - Tarquinia, Lazio, Italy

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The Palazzo Vitelleschi, now the home to the National Archaeological Museum, it is located at Piazza Cavour near the south central city gate of Tarquinia, Italy.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

location: Lazio, Italy

date approved: 2/20/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureFontana Pretoria (Praetorian Fountain) - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

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The Fontana Pretoria (Praetorian Fountain) is located in Piazza Pretoria opposite the Palermo City Hall at Via Maqueda near Via Vittorio Emanuele.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

location: Sicilia, Italy

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 8/3/2017

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Renaissance ArchitectureKraków Cloth Hall - Krakow, Polska

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The Kraków Cloth Hall (Polish: Sukiennice) in Lesser Poland, dates to the Renaissance and is one of the city's most recognizable icons. It is the central feature of the main market square in the Kraków Old Town.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Noe1

location: Małopolskie, Poland

date approved: 1/22/2017

last visited: 5/21/2017

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Renaissance ArchitectureSchloss Brake - Lemgo, NRW, Germany

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Ein Wasserschloss im Stil der sogenannten Weserrenaissance in Lemgo. A water castle in the style of the so-called Weserrenaissance in Lemgo.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member matefreund

location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

date approved: 1/17/2017

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureSchloss Ahrenthal - Sinzig - RLP - Germany

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Schloss Ahrenthal

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11

location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

date approved: 11/27/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureTown Hall - Horsovsky Tyn, Czech Republic

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Town Hall - Horsovsky Tyn

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzensky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/12/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureBurgher house No. 5 - Horsovsky Tyn, Czech Republic

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Burgher house No. 5 - Horsovsky Tyn

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzensky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/12/2016

last visited: never

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