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The magnificent Baroque style has a number of unique features – the rigid united ensemble, beautiful pavilions and the garden. Buildings in this style are the most luxurious and marvellous in the world. The style has appeared in the Renaissance era. That means that the greatest part of buildings in this style was built in the 18th century. Wonderful king’s palaces, cathedrals and monasteries, theatres and villas will never stop adore people by their luxuriousness and delicacy.

Anichkov Palace, Russia

In Saint-Petersburg, you can see a lot of marvellous imperial palaces. One of the most beautiful and significant is the Anichkov Palace. This building is the oldest on Nevsky Avenue. It was placed near the Anichkov Bridge which is also a popular sightseeing in the city. In 1741, Elizabeth Petrovna, the daughter of Peter I, ordered Mikhail Zemtsov to build this great palace.

Anichkov Palace, Russia The palace has seen a lot of outstanding people in its walls. At first, Elisabeth presented it to Aleksey Razumovsky, later the palace was bought by the Empress Catherine the Great. At the end of the 18th century, the building was reconstructed and a number of the unique decorative elements were lost. The Anichkov Palace was the former imperial palace until the revolution. After the revolution, there was opened the St. Petersburg City Museum. During the Second World War in this marvellous palace was placed the surgical hospital. Since 1934, it was converted into the Young Pioneer Palace.

Nowadays the wonderful baroque style building has placed the Saint Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity. The great part of the palace is taken by the museum, also you can find there a library and a small theatre, where to go over children’s shows. You can join an interesting excursion over the palace. During the excursion, you can see saved elements of the old decoration and great pieces of art. The palace has a wonderful collection of the old sculptures. The palace looks outstanding thanks to the number of plants and flowers in its walls. Next - Basilica di Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce, Italy

Basilica di Santa Croce, Italy The Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence is a bright example of the baroque style. It is the largest principal Franciscan church in the world. The Basilica attracts not only with its unique architectural style but also with the great inner decoration. The chapels are decorated with great old frescoes by Giotto. On the territory of the church, you can find the shrines of the notable Italian people. The church has been built for about a hundred years and was finished in 1385. Complete article

Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain

Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain The Royal Palace of Madrid is a good example of the baroque style. In the medieval time, there was the Moorish fortress that in 1734 was fully destroyed by fire. King Philip V ordered to build at this place a huge palace. He wanted to have a new residence that will be like French Versailles. Complete article

Howard Castle, United Kingdom

Howard Castle, United Kingdom Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England. It is a private residence of the Howard family for more than 300 years. The castle was built on the cusp of the 17th and 18th centuries under the order of earl Carlile. The building was finished in 1712, and until nowadays, it is the most magnificent Baroque building in Great Britain. The palace has a great park in the French style, not so far from the park complex has placed a wonderful arboretum. Complete article

Church of the Holiest Saviour, Poland

Church of the Holiest Saviour, Poland Church of the Holiest Saviour is a Roman Catholic parish church in Warsaw, Poland. It has begun to build in 1901 but the dedication service was made only within 26 years. The church is a good example of the unique combination of two bright styles – the Baroque and the Renaissance. It is located on the Saviour Square, that until the 20th century wasn’t attractive for tourists and locals. This area was fully built with houses to the second half of the 19th century because the population of Warsaw has drastically increased. As the population in this area became bigger, it was decided to build there a church. Complete article

Dolmabahce Palace, Turkey

Dolmabahce Palace, Turkey Dolmabahce Palace is situated in a very beautiful place, on the shore of Bosporus. In 1853 this palace was built for Abdülmecid I. The last was inspired by the Topkapi Palace and ordered to build his own residence in the baroque style. Originally, this palace had not only the wonderful façade decoration but also a great inner decoration. For interior decoration was spend about 14 tons of gold. The main staircase of the palace is made from the crystal glass. Complete article

Karlskirche, Austria

Karlskirche, Austria Karlskirche is a baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria. The church has a huge turquoise cupola with two high columns. Its high is 72 meters, it was built by order of Karl VI in 1716. Complete article

Kings Theatre, United Kingdom

Kings Theatre, United Kingdom The King's Theatre is located in Glasgow, Scotland. It is one of the most beautiful and known theatres in Scotland. It was built in 1904 in the baroque style by the famous architect Frank Matcham. In 1999 the restoration works were finished. The theatre has saved a number of the unique elements of decoration and the great façade. Complete article

Mafra National Palace, Portugal

Mafra National Palace, Portugal Mafra National Palace isn’t another architectural sightseeing in Baroque, it is the biggest and the most beautiful King’s Palace in Portugal. The palace was built within 13 years and was finished in 1730. Originally this building was quite complex from the architectural point of view. There was an active monastery with monks in residence, a church and some other buildings. A lot of houses were saved, in comparison with the palace they look quite small. Complete article

Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater, Ukraine

Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater, Ukraine Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater is the oldest building in the city. The first building has appeared there in 1810. Unfortunately, in 1873 it was fully destroyed by the fire. The building that we see today belongs to the end of the 19th century. The theatre’s building is built a complex and rare neo-baroque style. The floor of the house and other rooms is decorated in the late French rococo style. Complete article

Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco, Italy

Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco, Italy Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco is one of the most beautiful sightseeing in Cecilia. It was constructed for the Arezzo family in the medieval times. However, the today’s look the building took from the late 18th century. The palace is built in the Sicilian Baroque style following its purchase by Baron Guglielmo Beneventano. Complete article

Royal Opera House, India

Royal Opera House, India Royal Opera House in Mumbai is the oldest opera house in India. It has been built for 3 years and in 1911 the theatre was officially opened. Notwithstanding that, there were held decorating works for four years. Today this marvellous monument is seen as a complex with the nearby square. Complete article

Saint Andrews Cathedral, Russia

Saint Andrews Cathedral, Russia Saint Andrews Cathedral is the oldest Baroque building in Saint-Petersburg. It has appeared at the beginning of the 18th century by the order of Peter the Great. However, the beautiful wooden church didn’t stay there for a long time. In 1761 the cathedral was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground together with the great decorations and religious, given by the royalty. Complete article

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the sightseeing of the world meaning. It is one of the main Basilicas in Rome that was built in 352 year. The legend says that Pope Liberius saw the Blessed Virgin Mary in his dream. She ordered him to build a marvellous church where on the next day the earth will be covered with snow. Notwithstanding that fact that it was August, the pope built the church on the very spot which was covered with snow. Complete article

Calke Abbey, United Kingdom

Calke Abbey, United Kingdom Calke Abbey has a quite outstanding history. It is a building of the 12th century Augustinian priory. Later the priory was closed under the order of Henry VIII. At the beginning of the 18th century, the building was fully rebuilt in the baroque style. The house was owned by the Harpur family for nearly 300 years until the last owner died. After 1985 the house came into possession of the government and became open for people. Complete article
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