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Belvedere Palace

11 May, 2009

Visit the Baroque Styling of The Belvedere Palace in Austria

Belvedere Palace

Not originally built to become a palace, the Belvedere, located in Vienna, is another showplace of the region not to be missed on your travel itinerary. Built in the early 1700’s, it originated as a place for entertainment and a beautiful garden spot. Now, not only is it known for its exquisite landscaping with it well manicured hedges and walkways, but it also surrounded by a water basin on the other side.

It is comprised of different sections the Upper Belvedere Palace, which houses the famous marble hall, where historic treaties were signed. It has one of the grandest staircases you will ever see. The ceilings were painted by artists of the era as were the magnificent statures that adorn the halls.

The Lower Belvedere Palace was initially designed as the summer living quarters for its original owner. But over time and different ownership, which is now the Republic of Vienna, it became what it’s known for today a display of some of the world’s most impressive artwork and antiques.

This part of the palace is also home to the palace stables, which once housed over a 150 horses. As with the rest of the palace, it is now used as an exhibition hall. The other extended part of the palace is the Orangery, once the original greenhouse, which now is used for temporary art exhibitions.

If you are planning a trip to Vienna and want to tour the Belvedere Palace, there are plenty of travel guides for this area. If you go it on your own, go directly to their website and see what the current times and exhibits are there at the time of your visit. Most of the buildings are open daily with extended hours during some evenings. Just count on spending a few daylight hours as this magnificent masterpiece.

Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace

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