Period: 100 to 476
ClassicalClassical architecture is derived from the architecture of ancient Greece and ancient Rome. The term "classical architecture" also applies to any mode of architecture that has evolved to a highly refined state, such as classical Chinese architecture, or classical Mayan architecture. It can also refer to any architecture that employs classical aesthetic philosophy.
Period: 476 to May 16, 1400
medievilEarly medieval architecture was a continuation of Roman architecture. The Palace Chapel of Charlemagne in Aachen (late 8th century) is a good example of this "Romanesque" style, which flourished especially in the 11th and 12th centuries. Such structures can be very beautiful, but the massive weight, spread out evenly by the arches, means that it is impossible to include windows lower down in the building. Saint-Sernin, the Priory Church of Saint-Pierre in Toulouse, Vezelay, and the Abbey Church
Period: May 16, 1400 to
RenaissanceRenaissance architecture is the architecture of the period between the early 15th and early 17th centuries in different regions of Europe, in which there was a conscious revival and development of certain elements of ancient Greek and Roman thought and material culture. Stylistically, Renaissance architecture followed Gothic architecture and was succeeded by Baroque architecture.