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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 ArchitectureRenezancní branka u domu c.p. 51 / Renaissance Gate at House N° 51 - Velvary (Central Bohemia)

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Depicted gate is the last preserved original architectural element of late-Renaissance burgher house N° 51 located in Chržínská street in Royal Town Velvary.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/24/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureZvonice u kostela Sv. Kateriny Alexandrijské / Belfry at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Church - Velvary (Central Bohemia)

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Depicted Renaissance timbered-stone belfry, hidden among houses behind the St. Catherine of Alexandria Church (kostel Sv. Kateriny Alexandrijské), is less known but interesting piece of sacral architecture in Royal Town Velvary.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/21/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitecturePražská brána / Prague' Gate - Velvary (Central Bohemia)

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Late-Renaissance Prague' Gate (Pražská brána), only preserved town's gate and part of medieval fortifiction system, is one of historic and architectural landmarks of Royal Town Velvary.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/20/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureKostel Sv. Jirí / Church of St. George - Velvary (Central Bohemia)

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Cemetery Church of St. George (Kostel Sv. Jirí), valuable example of late Renaissance ecclesiastic architecture in Bohemia, is one of historic and cultural landmarks of Royal Town Velvary.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/20/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureKostel Sv. Vojtecha / Church of St. Adalbert - Zámek Kostelec nad Cernými lesy (Central Bohemia)

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Small Church of St. Adalbert (Kostel Sv. Vojtecha), integral part of Chateau (Zámek) Kostelec nad Cernými lesy, is unique and well preserved example of Renaissance ecclesiastic architecture in Bohemia.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/12/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureZámek / Chateau - Kostelec nad Cernými lesy (Central Bohemia)

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Monumental four-wing Chateau in Kostelec nad Cernými lesy, the principal landmark of this small town in Central Bohemia, belongs among the most beautiful Renaissance castles in the region...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/12/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureKosciól sw. Trójcy / Church of the Holy Trinity - Cieszyn (Poland)

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Church of the Holy Trinity (Kosciól sw. Trójcy), in the core late Gothic building with noticeable Renaissance facade and neo-Gothic belfry, is one of the architecturally most interesting buildings in town Cieszyn.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Śląskie, Poland

date approved: 4/12/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureModletický dum / Modletický House - Slaný (Central Bohemia)

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Renaissance Modletický House (Modletický dum), nowadays Pivovar Antoš (Antoš Brewery), is one of valuable burgher houses in historic centre of Royal town Slaný.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Plzensky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/6/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureVeže kostela Nejsvetejší Trojice / Towers of the Most Holy Trinity Church - Slaný (Central Bohemia)

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Massive stone belfry and two adjoining slender stairway turrets are the last remaining visible witnesses of the Renaissance origin of convent Most Holy Trinity Church (kostel Nejsvetejší Trojice) in Royal Town Slaný.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Stredocesky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/6/2015

last visited: never

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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: 4/25/2015

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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: 4/3/2015

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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: 9/15/2006

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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 Premium 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 Premium Member Noe1

location: Hlavni mesto Praha, Czech Republic

date approved: 11/3/2014

last visited: 3/21/2015

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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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