The architecture of the fabled Renaissance, which occurred between the early 15th and 17th centuries, was brought to light by the genius of Filippo Brunelleschi and his awe-inspiring dome in Florence. The style spread rapidly across Italian towns and then to France, Germany and surrounding countries, England and even Russia. In a conscious effort to revive elements of the classical Greek and Roman cultures, Renaissance architecture returned to symmetry, proportion and geometry while using orderly columns and pilasters, domes, and niches. Another characteristic of Renaissance architecture is sgraffito, as the methods were similar to those of the fresco. Sgraffito was used enthusiastically in Germany and the surrounding lands.

  • Royal Summer Palace The Royal Summer Palace

    In the lovely Royal Garden sits the most magnificent example of Renaissance architecture this side of the River Arno, the Royal Summer Palace, or the often-called Queen Anne's Summer Palace. Commissioned by Ferdinand I in 1538 for his loving wife Queen Anne, the palace was designed and built by the combined efforts of Italian stonemasons, who managed the gallery and its breezy arcade and the intricate classical relief decorations, and Bonifaz Wohlmut and Hans Tirol, responsible for the superstructure and...

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  • Ball Game Hall | Fine Renaissance Architecture Ball Game Hall

    Located inside the Royal Gardens, overlooking the stag moat, sits this enchanting Renaissance building with an even more bewitching history. First built by Bonifaz Wohlmut and Ulrico Aostali in the mid 16th century to serve as the Royal game hall for an early form of tennis and badminton, the facade of the Ball Game Hall was decorated with impressive sgraffiti (depicting the Virtues, the Four Elements, and the Liberal Arts) and featured large garden side arcades, perfect for shading ones...

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  • Schwarzenberg Palace | Prague Schwarzenberg Palace

    Newly renovated and more beautiful than ever, Schwarzenberg Palace, located on Hradcanske Square, is one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in Prague. It is easily recognizable due to the dramatic black and white sgraffito decorations all over the facade of the building. Due to a massive fire in 1541, the three buildings that occupied the original lot of the palace burned down. The wealthy nobleman Jan Popel of Lobkowicz, purchased the ruins and the land and commissioned the...

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  • Prague Renaissance Architecture | Star Summer Palace Star Summer Palace

    Located a bit further than most Prague sights, this mysterious star shaped Renaissance gem is worth the tram trip. As you stroll down the long tree lined avenue of the large game preserve notice the perfect symmetry and unique design of the palace, it is indeed splendid. It is also important to note that the Star Summer Palace is connected with the tragic Battle of White Mountain, which occurred in the surrounding area on November 8, 1620. Archduke Ferdinand of...

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  • Prague Renaissance Architecture | The House at the Minute The House at the Minute

    In the magical Old Town Square sits the lovely Renaissance pearl, The House at the Minute. Covered in ornate Sgraffito decorations depicting Greek mythology as well as references to biblical and Renaissance legends, this house is easily recognizable with such an impressive facade. The House at the Minute was built at the beginning of the 15th century as a house in the late Gothic style and was supposedly a tobacconist's shop. Sgraffito decorations were created in two phases – before...

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