Baroque architecture is one of the most beautiful styles of architecture in history and became one of the most striking architectural styles in the late 16th century. This is especially true in countries like Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and France where it was often used to demonstrate the triumph of the Catholic Church and was directly associated with the Counter-Reformation period. On this list, we’re going to show you some of the most beautiful buildings you have ever seen! These are 25 amazing examples of baroque architecture.
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Wenzel Render. Holy Trinity Column. Olomouc, Czech Republic. 1716-1754
Designed by Wenzel Render, the Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc is among the most exceptional examples of the apogee of central European Baroque artistic expression. Its columns are made of unique materials and demonstrate the religious faith of the people of central Europe during the Baroque period.
Jan Santini Aichel. Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk. Czech Republic. 1719-1722
Standing at Zelena Hora, the Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk is based on the aesthetic concept of a perfect central complex characterized by its loftiness and upward orientation.
Jan Santini Aichel, Frantisek Maxmilian Kanka. Karlova Koruna Chateau. Chlumec nad Cidlinou, Czech Republic. 1721-1723
Karlova Koruna Chateau is one of the foremost baroque castles in Czech Republic. It has a cylindrical body occupied by a three-storied main hall to which three wings are linked. Its interiors reveal the history of the Kinsky lineage as well as the history of Kinsky horse breeding.
Francesco Borromini. San Carlo Alle Quattro Fontane. Rome, Italy. 1665-1676
Also known as, The Church of Saint Charles at the Four Fountains, the San Carlo Alle Quattro Fontane is a baroque Roman Catholic Church that served as the first independent commission of Francesco Borromini. It is considered as an iconic masterpiece of Baroque architecture because of its extraordinarily complex design.
Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, Giacomo della Porta. Church of Gesu. Rome, Italy. 1568-1580
Also known as “The Church of the Most Holy name of Jesus,” The Church of Gesu was the first church ever built by Jesuits. Designed to impress and expose its affluence, its interior is filled with magnificent stuccos, marbles, sculptures and frescoes. Its façade has mostly baroque elements mixed with some Renaissance influences.