The Renaissance style developed in the 14th and early 17th centuries in different regions across Europe. Developed first in Florence, the Renaissance style quickly spread to other Italian cities and then later to the rest of Europe where it was met with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

Many of the Renaissance patterns and stylistic tropes were developed from the medieval architectural designs. Stylistically, Renaissance architecture embodied a deliberate revival and development of certain elements of ancient Greek and Roman design. Importance was placed on symmetry, harmonious proportions and the regularity of parts, which resonated with the ideals of ancient classical architecture. The Renaissance period of design was preceded by Gothic architecture, the influences of which can be clearly distinguished in Renaissance style. The Baroque style followed the Renaissance period of design.