Architecture - Baroque & Neoclassicism

The Palace of San Telmo an emblematic example of Baroque architecture © Chaplow
The Palace of San Telmo an emblematic example of Baroque architecture © Chaplow

Baroque and Neoclassic architecture was prominent in Spain between the late 17th and mid 18th Century. These two styles were not as influenced by the Muslim world as the majority of Andalucian architectural styles.

Baroque

Baroque dates back to the late 17th century and reached a peak in the 18th century. Andalusia was one of the places where Baroque blossomed most brilliantly.

Baroque was fundamentally classical but crammed a great deal of ornamentation onto the facades. Seville has more baroque churches per square kilometre than any other city in the world. Two of the most outstanding are the Iglesia de la Magdalena and the Capilla de San Jose.

 

Neoclassicism

Throughout Europe, in the mid-18th century, the cleaner, more restrained lines of neoclassicism came into fashion, another return to Greek and Roman ideals in keeping with the Enlightenment philosophy which prevailed in learned circles.

 

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