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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 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: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 4/20/2015

last visited: never

Image for Pražská brána / Prague' Gate - Velvary (Central Bohemia)view gallery

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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: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 4/20/2015

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: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 4/21/2015

last visited: never

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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: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 4/14/2014

last visited: 9/8/2014

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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: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 4/6/2015

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: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 4/6/2015

last visited: never

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Renaissance ArchitectureRoztocký zámek / Chateau Roztoky - Roztoky u Prahy (Central Bohemia)

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Renaissance Chateau Roztoky (Roztocký zámek), located in small town Roztoky 10 km north of Prague, is former water fortress from the 13th century rebuilt into luxury mansion at the turn of the 17th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 5/27/2014

last visited: never

Image for North arcade wing of Melník Chateau / Severní arkádové krídlo Melnického zámku (Central Bohemia)view gallery

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Renaissance ArchitectureNorth arcade wing of Melník Chateau / Severní arkádové krídlo Melnického zámku (Central Bohemia)

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Chateau Melník, originally Gothic castle with history almost 1000 years long, was rebuilt into Renaissance chateau in 1545-1553. The most beautiful preserved part of the complex is its north arcade wing...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 5/14/2014

last visited: 1/24/2015

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Renaissance ArchitectureLetohradek Hvezda / Star Summer Palace, Praha, CZ

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Letohrádek Hvezda je renesancní letohrádek, stojící ve stejnojmenné obore v Praze-Liboci, Praha 6. / Letohrádek Hvezda, is a renaissance villa situated in a game reserve of the same name (Obora Hvezda) in Prague 6 - Liboc.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dáin & Olík

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 11/1/2010

last visited: 12/7/2014

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum pážat, Praha - Hradcany, Czech republic

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Renesancní palác, sloužící za císare Rudolfa II. k ubytování pážat / Renaissance palace, serving under Emperor Rudolf II. the accommodation of pageboys.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Noe1

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 3/19/2013

last visited: 5/9/2014

Image for Velká mícovna Pražského hradu / Prague Castle Ball Game Hallview gallery

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Renaissance ArchitectureVelká mícovna Pražského hradu / Prague Castle Ball Game Hall

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The Prague Castle Ball Game Hall (Velká mícovna Pražského hradu), richly sgrafitto-decorated building located in Royal Garden of the Prague Castle, is one of pearls of Renaissance architecture in the Castle area...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 4/2/2010

last visited: 9/6/2014

Image for Renaissance Singing Fountain at Belvedere/ Renesancni Zpivajici fontana u Belvederu, Praha, CZview gallery

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Renaissance ArchitectureRenaissance Singing Fountain at Belvedere/ Renesancni Zpivajici fontana u Belvederu, Praha, CZ

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Zpivajici fontana v Kralovskych zahradach / Singin fountain in Royal gardens.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dáin & Olík

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 10/27/2010

last visited: 9/20/2014

Image for Queen Anne's Summer Palace - Belvedere / Letohrádek královny Anny - Belvedér (Prague)view gallery

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Renaissance ArchitectureQueen Anne's Summer Palace - Belvedere / Letohrádek královny Anny - Belvedér (Prague)

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Queen Anne's Summer Palace in Prague castle, also called Royal Summer Palace or Belvedere, is the most beautiful building constructed in pure Italian Renaissance style in Czech lands...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 9/28/2009

last visited: 12/6/2014

Image for Martinický palác / Martinic Palace  (Prague - Hradcany)view gallery

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Renaissance ArchitectureMartinický palác / Martinic Palace (Prague - Hradcany)

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The Martinic Palace (Martinický palác), built in the 16th century, is one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Prague...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 4/15/2012

last visited: 10/2/2014

Image for Dietrichsteinský palác - Praha - Hradcany, CZview gallery

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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: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 11/3/2014

last visited: 3/21/2015

Image for Stará Hradcanská radnice / Old Hradcany Town Hall (Prague)view gallery

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Renaissance ArchitectureStará Hradcanská radnice / Old Hradcany Town Hall (Prague)

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The former Hradcany Town Hall (Stará Hradcanská radnice), the two-winged Renaissance building in Loretanská street in Hradcady district of Prague, was built at the turn of the 16th and 17th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 2/27/2010

last visited: 8/24/2013

Image for Nejvyšší purkrabství / The Supreme Burgrave’s House - Prague Castle (Prague)view gallery

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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: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 3/30/2015

last visited: never

Image for Schwarzenberg Palace / Schwarzenberský palác (Prague - Hradcany)view gallery

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Renaissance ArchitectureSchwarzenberg Palace / Schwarzenberský palác (Prague - Hradcany)

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The Schwarzenberg Palace at the Hradcanské Square near the Prague Castle is one of the most imposing Renaissance buildings in Prague. It is an example of the so-called Czech Renaissance: mixing the Italian influences with Czech traditions...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 9/28/2009

last visited: 6/28/2011

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Renaissance ArchitecturePalác Smirických, Praha – Malá Strana, Czech republic

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Late Renaissance palace from the period after 1603, partly rebuild in the 18th century / Pozdne renesancní palác z doby po roce 1603, barokne upraven v 18. století.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Noe1

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 1/22/2012

last visited: 6/10/2014

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Renaissance ArchitectureMalostranská beseda (Malá Strana, Prague)

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Malostranska beseda, originally Prague's Lesser Town City Hall (Malostranská radnice), is the late-Renaissance building in Malostranske námestí (Lesser Town Square) in the center of Prague's Lesser Town (Malá Strana).

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 4/23/2012

last visited: 2/3/2015

Image for Dum U trí pštrosu / House At the Three Ostriches, Praha - Malá Strana, Czech republicview gallery

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum U trí pštrosu / House At the Three Ostriches, Praha - Malá Strana, Czech republic

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Renaissance house was built in 1597 by "fedršmukr" John Fux. The decoration of the facade is from 1606. In 1714 an Armenian merchant Deodatus Damajan established here first coffee house in Mala Strana.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Noe1

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 1/21/2011

last visited: 5/9/2014

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum u Minuty / The House at the Minute (Prague Old Town)

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The house "At the Minute" (Dum u Minuty) at the Prague Old Town Square is a typical Prague high-Renaissance house, adorned with numerous sgraffitoes...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 1/26/2010

last visited: 3/6/2015

Image for Dum "U Vejvodu" / "U Vejvodu" burgherhouse" burgherhouse - Pragueview gallery

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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: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 10/15/2013

last visited: 2/21/2015

Image for Šítkovská vodárenská vež / Šítka water tower (Prague)view gallery

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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: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 3/30/2015

last visited: 4/11/2015

Image for Dum "U Modrého hroznu" / House "At the Blue Grapes" (Litomerice - North Bohemia)view gallery

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Renaissance ArchitectureDum "U Modrého hroznu" / House "At the Blue Grapes" (Litomerice - North Bohemia)

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This really narrow burgher house belongs among the first structures built by key architect of Renaissance style in town Litomerice - Ambrosio Balli...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Ústecký kraj, Czechia

date approved: 3/20/2011

last visited: 7/22/2012

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