Gothic And Renaissance Architecture

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For my Spanish cultural project, I will be focusing on the area of architecture and its history in Spain. I will be examining the influences of Europe and other places throughout the world and how Spain adapted them to their own preference. I will take a look and historic buildings such as monasteries and churches and also ancient architectural styles that affected these buildings such as gothic architectural style and the influence of the renaissance. I will compare and contrast the architecture in Spain and how Spain developed in comparison to other European regions with the influence of gothic and renaissance style architecture. I will finally draw a conclusion on what I have learned ad give my own opinion of the architecture
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It followed the gothic period and was a conscious effort of revival of Greek and roman culture. Renaissance architecture concentrates on clean, symmetrical design and proportion.
When renaissance architecture spread through Europe from the influence in Italy, Spain never managed to fully grasp or hold on to the style in comparison to other regions across Europe at the time. France for example was heavily influenced by the Italian renaissance architecture and brought back many stylistic ideas after its war with northern Italy at the start of the 16th century. However, Spain still had a firm grasp on the exaggerate gothic architectural style and the life span of renaissance style architecture lasted for a very short period.
Spain tried to implement a transition period where they brought together elements of both architectural styles. This was called the Plateresque Transition. This transition allowed Spain to reconcile gothic styles with elements of the latest architectural developments. However, during the XVI century, under Charles V, a man who had great knowledge of international trends, a more conservative approach to renaissance style architecture was
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The building is a large rectangular mass of granite which measures 207 x 161 meters. The towers on each corner of the building are 55 meters tall and the entire complex has a total of 24km of corridors. The building is extremely proportional and features not gothic elements on its exterior. The museum inside also showcases many works of Italian artists. The monastery was built as a monument to commemorate the victory of the Spanish over the French in the battle of St. Quentin on 10 August 1557. I believe that the influence for the renaissance style building came after the Spanish saw the renaissance style building and styles during the
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