Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Krakow, Poland - 2017 Public Domain
Sts. Peter & Paul Church – 2017 (Public Domain)

Example Illustrated: Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Krakow, Poland

See the image with the curved pediment over the front door and curved scroll edges on the upper façade creating a symbolic triumphant arch; as well as decorative capitals atop the columns.

Another example: The Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary in Olomouc, Czech Republic

Baroque is a highly-decorated style of architecture that grew out of the Counter-Reformation, as the Catholic Church was using many methods to re-attract the faithful to church, including appealing to them via art and architecture. The style viewed structural elements as platforms for decoration and to encourage a feeling of constant movement through a unified, fused whole where no individual part was completely independent. Baroque architecture uses curves instead of the straight lines of classic architecture which are readily apparent in the s-curves on the facades of many Baroque churches, as well as the interiors. Baroque style makes use of ornaments and elements that sought to establish a dramatic sense – especially by contrasting light and dark; and using an array of rich surface treatments, twisting elements, and gilded statuary. Architects used bright colors and illusory, vividly painted ceilings that were intended as an intermingling with Heaven above.