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How to identify architectural styles – from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century

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25 hours

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This online course focuses on architectural styles between the Middle Ages and the 19th century.

It explains the basics and formal rules and teaches how to identify each style by observing its forms.

The online course includes an illustrated Glossary of architectural elements.

For each one of the architectural styles  analyzed links are presented so that you can go deeper into the topics if you wish.

In this online course you will learn the fundamentals and origin of architectural styles and identify the elements that allow us to identify each one of the architectural styles .

The Romanesque.

The Gothic.

The Renaissance.

The Baroque.

The Neoclassicism.

The Romanticism.

Language: English.

Also available in Português .

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At the end of this course, the participants will know the basis and the formal characteristics of the architectural styles under analysis, as well as, locate them in time and be able to identify them through observation.

Who should take this course

This online course about architectural styles is particularly useful for:

  • teachers
  • students of art history
  • professionals working in cultural communication and cultural tourism.

However, it is perfectly suitable for anyone interested in the subject and who wants to increase their knowledge about architectural stlyles and monuments.

It has no access requirements.



Certificado de Formação. Entidade CertificadaAt the end of the online course – How to identufy architectural styles –  a training certificate will be issued . Know more.

We are a training entity certified by DGERT – Training Entity Certificate No. 1800/2015 – so the certificate has international validity.




The course price (a single payment) includes all content, assessment and certificate. The value is exempt from VAT under paragraph 10 of Article 9 of the CIVA.


The course is organized in parts or modules in order to facilitate the learning sequence.

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Course structure

How to identify architectural styles 

from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century

Glossary of architectural elements

Part 1 – About architecture

  • What are architectural styles ?
  • Architectural Panorama.

Part 2 – The Romanesquearchitectural styles Romanesque detail of the church in Pisa

  • The Romanesque.
  • The Romanesque buildings.
  • The Romanesque – Practical Examples.

Part 2 – The Gothic

Architectural styles Gothic saint denis cathedral , paris

  • The Gothic
  • The Gothic buildings
  • The Gothic – practical examples

Part 4 – The Renaissance

Architectural styles Royal Summer Palace in Prague is considered the purest Renaissance architecture outside of Italy

  • The Renaissance in architecture
  • The Renaissance buildings
  • Renaissance – practical examples

Part 5 – The Baroque

  • The Baroque.Architectural styles The Baroque
  • The Baroque buildings.
  • Baroque architecture – practical examples.

Part 6 – The Neoclassicism

  • The Neoclassicism.
  • The neoclassical buildings.Architectural styles neoclassicismo Madeleine
  • Neoclassicism – practical examples.

Part 7 – The Romanticism

  • The Romanticism.
  • Romantic buildings.
  • The Romanticism – practical examples.Monserrate Palace – Sintra, Portugal. Exuberance, exoticism, and irregular volumes typical of Romanticism.


Diana Ferreira autora cursos online

Diana Ferreira

Graduate in Art History from the Faculdade de Letras of the University of Porto and Master in Museology (Spain: Valladolid).

Worked in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma and was part of the managing staff of the Uffizi Gallery, in Florence.

Studied and worked in Italy and Spain several times on scholarships. Trainer and head teacher for the subject on Art History in Porto, and Introduction to History of Art, Iconography and History of Architecture at the Academy of Art in Florence.

The book Guia dos Tesouros Arquitectónicos (Lisbon: Chiado Editores, 2014) was published in 2014, product of an in-depth investigation on the addressed topics.

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Access 24 hours a day for unlimited time

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Includes assessment and certificate

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You will never be asked for other payments or subscriptions to receive your certificate.


It takes place on the platform itself and has no date or time. You can do it only when you feel your learning is complete.

Certified training institute

It means that we are a training entity certified by DGERT (Ministry of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal) – Training entity certificate nº 1800/2015.

What means:
  • that training certificates are valid for all legal and skills qualification purposes
  • that certificates are valid internationally as they respect the European Union certification rules
  • that strict rules and principles are respected in pedagogical and organizational terms
  • that all legal, fiscal and payment regulations are respected

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