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- architecture which follows the ideas and principals of Andrea Palladio 1508-80, who started life as a stonemason, and arguably, became the most famous architect in the western world. Basically, he adapted classical Roman architecture to suit the needs of the buildings of his own day. He published his own four books on architecture in Venice in 1870. They deal with 1. The Orders, 2. Domestic Buildings 3. Public Buildings 4. Temples. His books illustrated roman remains, and his own works, and established him for over a hundred years as the greatest interpreter of classical architecture. The style was introduced to Britain by Inigo Jones in 1615 and reintroduced in the early 1700s by Lord Burlington.