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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Giovanni Maria Bernardoni, Giovanni Trevano. Saints Peter and Paul Church. Krakow, Poland. 1597-1619
A baroque Jesuit church most popular for the statues of the 12 disciples lining its front fence, Saints Peter and Paul Church of Krakow was the first baroque church in Krakow and remains as one of the most faithful examples of transplanting the baroque architecture of Rome to foreign soil. It is characterized by its fine baroque ornate white façade and great dome.
Carlo Maderno. Santa Susanna. Rome, Italy. 1585-1603
Santa Susanna is an American church in Rome that serves as a monument to art history. Considered as a center for American pilgrims coming to Rome, this church was completed in 1603 and reveals a façade designed by Carlo Moderno. Its foundations are ancient and totally baroque, creating a grand sense of height and depth.
Giovanni de Galliano Pieroni, Andrea Spezza, Niccolo Sebregondi. Wallenstein Palace. Prague, Czech Republic. 1623-1630
The Wallenstein Palace is the first monumental building in style of the ancient baroque in Prague. It was built for Albrecht Vaclat Eusebius of Wallenstein, one of the most powerful and richest Czech noblemen during the post-White mountain period in Czech Republic.
Jean Baptiste Mathey, Giovanni Domenico Orsi. Troja Palace. Prague, Czech Republic. 1679-1685
The Troja Palace is a former chateau that has turned into a gallery of gardens. It is known as the first baroque summer palace in Prague, built by Burgundian architect Mathey. Its garden and chateau are linked by a stairway exhibiting statues of antic gods and goddesses. Its interior is decorated with wall paintings and has a rich ceiling.
Tylmn Gamerski. Branicki Palace. Bialystok, Poland. 1691-1697
Known as the best-preserved aristocratic residence from the Saxon times, the Branicki Palace is a historic building of late baroque architecture in Poland. It is widely considered as one of the most appealing historic buildings in Bialystok as its design refers to the baroque palaces of French kings.