The Classical era

Ancient Greek and Roman influences, Baroque, and then classical decoration: architecture evolves in the 17th and 18th centuries

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the influence of Antiquity was even greater. Symmetry and simplicity of line were in vogue at the start of the 17th century, as demonstrates the Place des Vosges.

The Jesuit style then introduced the dome and Baroque decoration, in particular in the churches of the Sorbonne and Val-de-Grâce.

From 1650 to the second half of the 18th century, Paris saw a proliferation of pediments, columns, cupolas and mansard roofs.

The architects of Louis XIV constructed the Louvre colonnade, the Institut, Les Invalides, the Place Vendôme and of course the Chateau of Versailles.

Louis XV took charge of the Place de la Concorde and the Panthéon. Under Louis XVI, Classical architecure moved toward greater simplicity, after a long Rococo period.

It came even closer to the example of Antiquity under the First Empire, and the Restoration did not snub pastiches: the Vendôme column, the church of the Madeleine, the arches at Carrousel and Etoile recall the great edifices of Roman Antiquity.