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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 ArchitectureŠítkovská vodárenská vež / Šítka water tower (Prague)

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Massive Renaissance Šítka water tower (Šítkovská vodárenská vež), located on Vltava river embankment in Prague' historic centre, is probably the best known and the most photographed preserved historic water tower in Prague.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavni mesto Praha, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/30/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureNejvyšší purkrabství / The Supreme Burgrave’s House - Prague Castle (Prague)

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Renaissance building of the Supreme Burgrave’s House (Nejvyšší purkrabství), located on the eastern end of the Prague Castle complex, was a seat of the first person after the king in the medieval Czech Kingdom - the supreme burgrave.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavni mesto Praha, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/30/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureŠv. arkangelo Mykolo bažnycia / Church of St. Michael the Archangel (Vilnius)

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The Church of St. Michael the Archangel (Šv. arkangelo Mykolo bažnycia), belonging to the former Franciscan-Bernandine Convent Vilnius, is rare example of Renaissance ecclesiastic architecture in Lithuania.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Lithuania

date approved: 3/30/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureAncien Presbytère Protestant - Colmar, Alsace, France

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This Renaissance building in the center of Colmar once housed the Protestant ministers of town.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67

location: Alsace, France

date approved: 3/14/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum pánu z Lipé - Ivancice, Czech Republic

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Dum pánu z Lipé / Pírkuv dum c.p. 196

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun

location: Jihomoravsky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/9/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureStará radnice / Old Town Hall - Svitavy, Czech Republic

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Stará radnice / Old Town Hall

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun

location: Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/6/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum U Mourenína / Blackamoor House - Svitavy, Czech Republic

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Dum U Mourenína / Blackamoor House

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun

location: Jihomoravsky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/6/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalais des ducs de Lorraine

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Ancien Palais des Ducs de Lorraine, monument historique depuis 1840 / Former Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine, a historic monument since 1840.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Infra-Blue

location: Lorraine, France

date approved: 2/23/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureGalleria degli Uffizi - Florence, Italy

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The Uffizi Gallery is a museum in Florence, Italy. It is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member marcius

location: Italy

date approved: 2/19/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureMaison Pfister - Colmar, Alsace, France

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A renaissance town-house with rich ornaments near the cathedral of Colmar.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67

location: Alsace, France

date approved: 2/13/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalazzo Piccolomini - Siena, Italy

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Palazzo Piccolomini is located in the historic center of the city of Siena. Built for the powerful bankers Piccolomini , is now the headquarters of the State Archive and the Museum of Biccherna .

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 12/27/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureLogge del Papa - Siena, Italy

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The Logge del Papa is a loggia of Siena, located next to the Chiesa di San Martino.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 12/27/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureKostel sv. Vojtecha - Havlíckuv Brod, CZ

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Hrbitovní kostel sv. Vojtecha z pocátku 16. století / The cemetery church of St. Adalbert of early 16th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Noe1

location: Kraj Vysocina, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/9/2014

last visited: 3/15/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureSt. Katharine Cree Church (London)

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Depicted St. Katharine Cree Church, located in the Aldgate ward of the City of London, is one of the finest existing examples of Jacobean (English late Renaissance) ecclesiastic architecture...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: London, United Kingdom

date approved: 11/6/2014

last visited: 11/11/2014

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Renaissance ArchitectureDietrichsteinský palác - Praha - Hradcany, CZ

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Renaissance house from the 16th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Noe1

location: Hlavni mesto Praha, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/3/2014

last visited: 1/25/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureRenaissance Bell tower - Strážky, Slovakia

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Renaissance belfry together with a late church of St. Anne and Renaissance mansions in Strážky, northern Slovakia, constitute a major complex of National Cultural Monuments. Bell tower can be dated back to turn of 16th and 17th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rikitan

location: Prešovský kraj, Slovakia

date approved: 10/26/2014

last visited: 1/30/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureRenaissance Bell tower - Kežmarok, Slovakia

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Renassaince Bell tower in Kežmarok, located in the walled area of the parish church of the Holy Cross is the one of most beautiful Slovak Renaissance monuments, the oldest Renaissance campanile in Spiš region built by Ulrich Materer in 1586 - 1591.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rikitan

location: Prešovský kraj, Slovakia

date approved: 10/26/2014

last visited: 3/26/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureRenaissance Bell tower - Spišská Belá, Slovakia

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The Bell tower in Spišská Belá was built by architect Ulrich Materer between 1589-1590. It is located in front of the church, on its western side, outside of its surrounding walls.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rikitan

location: Prešovský kraj, Slovakia

date approved: 10/26/2014

last visited: 3/10/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureKolostujovy vežicky / Kolostuj Turrets - Teplice (North Bohemia)

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Depicted picturesque small late-Renaissance building, known under name Kolostujovy vežicky (Kolostuj Turrets), was originally built as so called "lusthaus" (garden pavillon or small hunting lodge) in Teplice Chateau Gardens.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 10/22/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureMeštanský dum c.p. 76 / Burgher house N° 76 - Ledec nad Sázavou (Vysocina)

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Depicted burgher house N° 76, located in Mlýnská street in Ledec nad Sázavou historic centre, represents exceptional example of the secular Renaissance architecture in Bohemia.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Kraj Vysocina, Czech Republic

date approved: 10/1/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureKostel Nejsvetejší Trojice / Church of the Most Holy Trinity - Ledec nad Sázavou (Vysocina)

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Cemetery Church of the Most Holy Trinity (Hrbitovní kostel Nejsvetejší Trojice), nice a example of late-Renaissance ecclesiastic architecture, is one of the most interesting monuments of town Ledec nad Sázavou.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Kraj Vysocina, Czech Republic

date approved: 9/30/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureStarý zámek - Libejovice, okres Strakonice, CZ

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enaissance chateau was rebuilt from the Gothic fortress by Wilhelm von Rosenberg in 1559.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Noe1

location: Jihocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 9/28/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureWesterkerk - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The Westerkerk is a Protestant church that was constructed between 1620 and 1631 in the Dutch Renaissance style in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Noord-Holland, Netherlands

date approved: 9/28/2014

last visited: 3/29/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureChiesa di Santo Spirito - Siena, Italy

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The church of Santo Spirito in Siena is located in Piazza Santo Spirito.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 9/10/2014

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureMydlárovský dum / Mydlárovský House - Chrudim, Czech Republic

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Mydlárovský dum / Mydlárovský House

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun

location: Pardubicky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 9/8/2014

last visited: never

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