Palace of Versailles (begun by Louis Le Vau in 1661). France. Wikipedia.

The Extravagance and Drama of Baroque Architecture in 10 Pictures

Regia Marinho
4 min readOct 15, 2020


Baroque is an art and style movement…characterized by an ornate, over-the-top aesthetic that evokes ethereality and try to inspire awe.

“I would define the baroque as that style that deliberately exhausts (or tries to exhaust) its own possibilities, and that borders on self-caricature. The baroque is the final stage in all art, when art flaunts and squanders its resources.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges.

The Baroque style used contrast, movement, great detail, deep color, and surprise to achieve a sense of awe.

It’s an art movement and style that started around 1590 in Rome, and spread to most of Europe… to France, northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, then to Austria, southern Germany and Russia.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, European artists and architects adopted an increasingly elaborate style.

The Baroque is a style of architecture, music, dance, painting, sculpture and other arts in Europe, from the early 17th century until the 1740s.

The Baroque movement was developed from Renaissance art and followed the Mannerist art movement. And was followed by the Rococo art movement.

The Baroque style used extreme motion and detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance from architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, and music.

One of the most celebrated cultural movements in western style history.

Here, we take a look at this style, exploring its exuberant architecture facades.

Baroque Architecture

It’s a highly decorative and theatrical style which appeared in Italy in the early 17th century and gradually spread across Europe.

Baroque architecture often used visual and theatrical effects, designed to surprise and awe the viewer.

Cathedral Basilica of Zacatecas in Mexico.

It was built between 1729 and 1772, an example of the Churrigueresque style.

Cathedral Basilica of Zacatecas in Mexico, built between 1729 and 1772, an example of the Churrigueresque style. Wikipedia.



Regia Marinho

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