Belvedere (palace) 2


The complex was sold in 1752 to Maria Theresa by the prince's heiress. Maria Theresa first named the schloss "Belvedere". Under the Habsburgs it was further extended. Since 1775, the Belvedere has housed the imperial picture gallery on behalf of Joseph II, and in 1806 the collection of Ambras Palace was moved to the Lower Belvedere as well. Both were transferred to the Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) in 1890. The last to reside here was Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Since World War I, the Austrian Gallery museum resides in the Belvedere.

The building suffered heavy damage during World War II. The Gold Cabinet burnt out and had to be reconstructed.

The building is currently being given a facelift, with the beautiful restored garden already finished. The work is scheduled to be complete by 2008.

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