Belvedere Palace and Museum in Vienna:
Commissioned by the Prince Eugene of Savoy as a summer palace, the Belvedere Palace is a complex of two magnificent baroque palaces: the Upper Belvedere Palace and the Lower Belvedere Palace, the Orangery and Palace Stables, set in a beautifully landscaped baroque style garden interspersed with numerous sculptures, water features and wrought iron gates.
Although commissioned as a imperial summer palace, the Belvedere Palace remained unused for long, especially after the death of Prince Eugene; eventually, in the 18th century, the Upper Belvedere Palace found its niche as one the first public museums in the world and opened to the public with a collection of imperial paintings from the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
Visitors can still immerse themselves in a world of colours and sculptures at the Upper Belvedere Palace, which houses the Gallery of Austrian Art and is renowned for its artwork from the Middle Ages to the present day, the largest Gustav Klimt collection in the world and an outstanding collection of Viennese Biedermeier paintings. Visitors can also explore its Marble Hall with its magnificent white and gold rococo decorations, stunning ceiling frescoes and paintings and ornate chandeliers.
The Lower Belvedere Palace started its journey as an exhibition place in the 18th century, when Empress Maria Theresa established an ancestors’ gallery in the 18th century. Although the gallery made way to imperial residence later, the palace resumed its role as an exhibit of artworks in 1900. Currently, the Lower Belvedere Palace is a venue for special exhibitions; visitors can also explore the staterooms and apartments of the Lower Belvedere Palace; not to be missed are the Marble Hall, Marble Gallery, Hall of Grotesques and the Golden Cabinet