Baroque architecture


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Baroque architecture

(1600–1760)
A style named for the French word meaning bizarre, fantastic or irregular. It was the most lavish of all styles, both in its use of materials and the effects that it achieved. Mannerist styles were often adopted and carried to the extreme as bold, opulent and intentionally distorted. Pediments are broken and facades designed with undulating forms, while interiors are more theatrical, exhibiting a dramatic combination of architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts.
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Visitors to Valletta can stay in a chic boutique hotel, hire a boat to explore the Grand Harbour or tour St John's Co-Cathedral, a gem of baroque architecture and home to The Beheading of St John the Baptist, the only masterpiece signed by the artist Caravaggio.
Gothic and Baroque architecture, decorated cathedrals and marketplaces - every nook and corner is drenched in festivities.
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The historic city center and UNESCO World Heritage Site has cobblestoned plazas and striking Baroque architecture
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Travellers can enjoy the Baroque architecture in the Old Town, take in the stunning views from Charles Bridge, discover the largest ancient castle complex in the world at Prague Castle and watch time go by at the Prague Astronomical Clock.
And Venice, with its extraordinary Byzantine, gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, is under immediate threat from rising sea levels and work to protect it from flooding has cost PS4bn, the report said.
Baroque architecture uses light and shadow to sculpt the facades of buildings, using bays, columns, and niches that are stepped outward or recede.
Its capital, Vilnius, near the Belarus border, is known for its medieval Old Town, subsequent Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and its 18th-century cathedral.
The grand European-inspired Baroque architecture Alexandria may have lost a touch of its wealth and glamour but the faded beauty of the large ornate facades of its crumbling buildings provides more than a hint of the town's halcyon days.
A tour of Ragusa Ibla was another personal highlight of mine, with more stunning Baroque architecture and churches for you to feast your eyes on.
During the day history buffs will find themselves staring in awe at the gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture on display, while at night there are plenty of bars, restaurants and music clubs to keep revellers entertained.