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Renaissance Architecture

Gothic Architecture

Gothic is a style of architecture that flourished during the late medieval period. It was evolved from the Romanesque style of architecture and was succeeded by Renaissance architecture. Gothic architecture is most familiar as the architecture of many of the great cathedrals, abbeys and churches of Europe. It is also the architecture of many castles, palaces, town halls, guild halls, universities and to a less prominent extent, private dwellings.


Romanesque Architecture

Characterized by semi-circular arches. There is no census for the beginning date of the Romanesque architecture, with proposals ranging from the 6th to the 10th century. Combining features of Roman and Byzantine buildings and other local traditions, Romanesque architecture is known by its massive quality, thick walls, round arches, sturdy piers, groin vaults, large towers and decorative arcading.


Spread of Renaissance Architecture in Europe

The 16th century saw the economic and political ascending of France and Spain, and then later of Holland,England,Germany, and Russia. The result was that these places began to import the Renaissance style as indicators of their new cultural position Renaissance Architecture was in many countries such as Croatia,England,France,Germany,Hungary,Netherlands/Flanders,Poland,Portugal,Russia, Scandinavia, and Spain.


Legacy of Renaissance Architecture

The Gothic style was perceived by architectural theorists as being the most appropriate style for church building, the Renaissance palazzo was a good model for urban secular buildings requiring an appearance of dignity and reliability such as banks, gentlemans clubs, and apartment blocks. Buildings that thought to impress, such as the Paris Opera were often of a more Mannerist or Baroque style.