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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 ArchitectureWerdenbergschloss - Trochtelfingen, Germany

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Renaissanceschloss der Grafen von Werdenberg in Trochtelfingen. / Renaissance castle of the Counts of Werdenberg in historic Trochtelfingen.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DieCacherGirls

location: Baden-Württemberg, Germany

date approved: 6/6/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureZvonice u kostela Sv. Alžbety / Belfry at St. Elisabeth Church - Cáslav (Central Bohemia)

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Depicted small belfry, belonging to the adjacent Church of St. Elizabeth of Thuringia (Kostel Sv. Alžbety Durynské) in Caslav, is interesting piece of Renaissance sacral architecture.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/31/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum pasíre Prokopa / House of beltmaker Prokopius - Tábor (South Bohemia)

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Depicted Renaissance building known under name "House of beltmaker Prokopius (Dum pasíre Prokopa)", located in Prague street (Pražská ulice) in centre of Tábor, is one of several valuable historic burgher houses in the city.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Jihocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/14/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureStárkuv dum / Stárek' House - Tábor (South Bohemia)

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Depicted highly decorated Renaissance Stárek' House (Stárkuv dum), located in Prague street (Pražská ulice) in centre of Tábor, is one of several valuable historic burgher houses in the city.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Jihocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/14/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureMeštanský dum c.p. 210 / Burgher House N° 210 - Tábor (South Bohemia)

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Depicted beautiful late-Renaissance house, located in Prague street (Pražská ulice) in centre of Tábor, is one of several valuable historic burgher houses in the city.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Jihocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/14/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum Albrechta pekare / House of Albrecht, the Baker - Tábor (South Bohemia)

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Depicted Renaissance building known under name "House of Albrecht, the Baker (Dum Albrechta pekare)", located in Prague street (Pražská ulice) in centre of Tábor, is one of several valuable historic burgher houses in the city.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Jihocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 3/14/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureKornhaus - Ulm, BW, Germany

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There's the "Kornhaus" (grain house a former granary from the Renaissance, built in 1594 and located in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member [somnambulist]

location: Baden-Württemberg, Germany

date approved: 3/5/2016

last visited: 8/19/2012

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Renaissance ArchitectureEgeskov Slot, Kværndrup - Denmark

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Egeskov Slot blev bygget i 1554 og er en vandborg bygget efter tysk forbillede. Egeskov Castle was built in 1554 and is a water castle inspired y German architecture.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kallehaugerne

location: Denmark

date approved: 2/29/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum U Zlatého stromu - Praha, CZ

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Renaissance house, former brewhouse, with well preserved Renaissance arcades in the courtyard.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Noe1

location: Hlavni mesto Praha, Czech Republic

date approved: 1/9/2016

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureZámek / Chateau - Dolní Brežany (Central Bohemia)

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Depicted small late Renaissance Chateau is the key architectural and historic monument of a small town Dolní Brežany.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 12/24/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureHouse of the Brotherhood of Black Heads - Tallinn, Estonia

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The House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads in Tallinn's Old Town was used by a medieval guild made up of young, single merchants and foreigners. The house was built in the 16th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Estonia

date approved: 10/12/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureFuente de Génova - Málaga, Spain

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The Fuente de Génova that is also called Fuente Carlos V is located in the Plaza de la Constitución in the city of Málaga.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Andalucía, Spain

date approved: 10/2/2015

last visited: 6/20/2014

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalace of Charles V - Granada, Spain

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The Palace of Charles V is a Renaissance building in Granada, southern Spain, located on the top of the hill of the Assabica.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas

location: Andalucía, Spain

date approved: 9/29/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance Architecture19 Maza Pils Street - Riga, Latvia

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The house at 19 Maza Pils Street is part of the Three Brothers building complex located in Riga, Latvia. The Three Brothers form the oldest complex of dwelling houses in Riga.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Latvia

date approved: 9/28/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureCatedral de Málaga - Málaga, Spain

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The Cathedral of Málaga is a Renaissance church in the city of Málaga in Andalusia in southern Spain.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas

location: Andalucía, Spain

date approved: 9/25/2015

last visited: 6/20/2014

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Renaissance ArchitectureHrbitovní Kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie / Cemetery Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary - Horní Maršov (North-East Bohemia)

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Renaissance cemetery Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary (Hrbitovní Kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie), originally built for Horní Maršov Lutheran community, is one of the most valuable architectonic monuments of Krkonoše (Giant Mts.) region.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Kralovehradecky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 9/23/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureDe Waagh - Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Het huidige Waaggebouw werd in 1612-13 gebouwd in de Hollandse renaissancestijl, naar het ontwerp van Meester Cornelis Janssen van Delft. // De Waagh was built in 1612-13 in Dutch renaissance style and designed by Meester Cornelis Janssen van Delft.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers

location: Gelderland, Netherlands

date approved: 9/19/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureRathaus — Rotenburg a. d. Fulda, Germany

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The centrepiece of the historic old town is the Marketplace with the town hall, a magnificent Renaissance building build in the years 1597-98

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member prussel

location: Hessen, Germany

date approved: 9/5/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureCaritasbrønden - Copenhagen, Demark

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The Caritasbrønden (English: Caritas Well or Caritas Fountain) is located in Gammeltorv, an old square in Copenhagen, Denmark. The fountain is considered one of the city's finest Renaissance monuments.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Denmark

date approved: 8/13/2015

last visited: 9/15/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureFrederiksborg Castle - Hillerød, Denmark

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Frederiksborg Castle (Danish: Frederiksborg Slot) was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV in the early 17th century in the Dutch Renaissance architectural style.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Denmark

date approved: 8/11/2015

last visited: 8/27/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureKronborg Castle - Helsingør, Denmark

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Kronborg Castle is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Denmark

date approved: 8/11/2015

last visited: 6/9/2016

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Renaissance ArchitectureHotel Zum Ritter St. Georg - Heidelberg, Germany

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In the midst of the old town, centrally located opposite the old town hall, the Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg the historic townscape of Heidelberg.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: Baden-Württemberg, Germany

date approved: 7/1/2015

last visited: 5/15/2016

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Renaissance ArchitectureŠachova synagoga - Holešov

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Synagogue in Holešov belongs to the most important monuments not only in Holešov, but also in the entire Czech Republic, it is the only remaining Renaissance synagogue of the Polish type in the country.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Noe1

location: Zlinsky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 6/13/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureHerrnbrunnen, Rothenburg o.T., Germany

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This fountain named 'Herrnbrunnen' is located in the center of the street 'Herrngasse' in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member numakeh

location: Bayern, Germany

date approved: 6/9/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureZum Römischen Kaiser — Mainz, Germany

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The house "Zum Römischen Kaiser", build 1653-64 was the first major building in Mainz after the Thirty Years' War and a model for other subsequent magnificent buildings of the Kurmainz nobility

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member prussel

location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

date approved: 6/7/2015

last visited: 4/18/2016

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