4 Examples of Stunning Renaissance Architecture Across Europe

Kronborg Slot, Kronborg, Helsingør, Dänemark. Photo by Sandra Grünewald on Unsplash

The Renaissance is known as a period of artistic revival and creation, taking place between the early 14th century through the early 16th century. This rebirth period manifested itself in art, culture, and of course architecture. These four Renaissance-era buildings across Europe showcase the beauty and elegance of this style.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

St. Peter’s Basilica is sometimes called the greatest of all Christian churches. Because it was built over a long period of time it also includes many Baroque style elements, which followed the Renaissance period and focused on lavish decorations and decadence. Renaissance architecture, on the other hand, was about clean symmetry, proportions, and harmony.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy

Palazzo de Medici was designed for the famous Medici family in Florence. It is often described as the Renaissance house “where it all began” because the world of artist artists like Michaelangelo, Donatello, and Boticelli was often commissioned by the Medici family.

Château de Chambord, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Although the Château de Chambord has many French medieval features, it is a clear example of French Renaissance architecture. It is mostly known for the iconic central staircase.

Kronborg, Helsingor, Denmark

Kronborg was first built as a fortress in the 1420s but was extended steadily for the next 200 years until Flemish architect Anthonis van Obbergen was brought in in 1578 to make the castle more magnificent. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe.