Lower Belvedere Palace

Lower Belvedere Palace | A Historical Gem in Vienna

Located in the city of Vienna, the Lower Belvedere is a breathtaking structure and a part of the grand Belvedere Palace. Johann Lukas von Hilderbrandt, an Italian architect, was hired by Prince Eugene for the construction of the Lower Belvedere Palace. The construction of the palace started in the year 1712, taking almost 6 years, it was finally completed in 1717. 


The Lower Belvedere is an architectural masterpiece which was the summer residence of Prince Eugene of the Habsburg Dynasty. Due to its impressive Baroque-style architecture and lavish interiors, the palace has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lower Belvedere consists of the Hall of Grotesques, the Marble Hall, the Marble Gallery, the Gold Cabinet and the Orangery.


Architecture of The Lower Belvedere

Prince Eugene of the Habsburg dynasty ordered the construction of the Belvedere Palace in the year 1712. The construction of the palace started with the Lower Belvedere which took around 6 years to complete in the year 1717. The prince recruited Johann Lukas von Hilderbrandt for the job of constructing his dream summer palace.


The palace was constructed in Baroque style architecture with frescoes, paintings, gildings, intricate detailing and lush gardens. The Lower Belvedere consists of the Hall of Grotesques, the Marble Hall, the Marble Gallery, the Gold Cabinet and the Orangery. The palace has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its extraordinary architecture and interiors. 

What to See Inside Belvedere Palace?

The Hall of Grotesques

Grotesque’ was a fancy and one of the most popular architectural designs in Ancient Rome. The Hall of Grotesques in the Lower Belvedere Palace has an enormous grotesque painting which depicts mythological figures, and botanical and zoological elements. This impressive grotesque work was done by Jonas Drentwett who was a famous Augsburg painter. The ceilings of the Hall of Grotesques are adorned with the Four Seasons and the Four Elements in all corners of the room. This hall also has awe-inspiring paintings such as the ‘Three Graces’ and the ‘Vulcan’s Forge’ which have been preserved in their original condition. 

The Marble Hall

Located in the east of the Lower Belvedere, the Marble Hall is a two-storey hall which was originally used as a reception area. This impressive hall is made up of marble and stone and houses sculpted reliefs, representations of prisoners,  military trophies, statues of captive enemies and balconies. The walls of this hall depict the success of Prince Eugene of the Habsburg dynasty as an imperial ruler. Additionally, you will also get to see a fresco painted by Martino Altomonte in which Prince Eugene is portrayed as a nude hero to honour his achievements at the Battle of Peterwardein. 

The Marble Gallery

The Marble Gallery or the Marmor Gallerie served as the ceremonial hall for Prince Eugene. As the name suggests, the hall is made of marble and huge mirrors, making it one of the most beautiful rooms in the palace. The Marble Gallery offers direct access to the gardens and was used to display Prince Eugene’s conceit and military achievements. Look up at the ceilings to admire an awe-inspiring relief with Prince Eugene sitting armed at the centre along with his awards and trophies. 

The Gold Cabinet

Maria Theresa, the first female ruler of Austria ordered to refurbish this room and turn it into a Gold Cabinet. It is undoubtedly the most impressive room of the Belvedere Palace and a classic example of the ruler’s wealth and prosperity. As the name suggests, the room is decorated with golden walls, huge mirrors and stunning grotesque work. This room has only been renovated once, after which it has been preserved in its original condition and has been on display since 1765.

Lavish Interior & Architecture

The Lower Belvedere Palace has a remarkable and lavish interior, due to which it has also been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, an Italian architect was the mastermind behind this architectural masterpiece who designed and planned the entire structure of the palace. The opulent interiors of the palace include impressive paintings by eminent artists, huge frescoes, reliefs, ceiling art, gildings, and grotesque work. Some of the art pieces either depict a story or showcase the glory and grandeur of Prince Eugene during his imperial reign.

The Orangery

Prince Eugene was extremely fond of two things, art and oranges. He made sure to decorate his summer palace with stunning art pieces and added a separate section to grow organic oranges, called The Orangery. Initially, it was a heated conservatory for citrus trees which protected the trees and the fruits against the cold temperatures of winters. After the sudden death of Prince Eugene, all the trees were shifted to Pomeranzenhaus at Schönbrunn Palace, making the Orangery barren and empty. Later, in 1805, it was converted into a stable and then after 1918, the stable was converted into a Museum of Medieval Art. 

FAQs

What is the Lower Belvedere Palace?

Located in Vienna, the Lower Belvedere Palace is a part of the grand Belvedere Palace. Johann Lukas von Hilderbrandt, an Italian architect, started the construction of the palace in the year 1712, which was finally completed in 1717. 

What can you see inside the Lower Belvedere Palace?

There are separate sections inside the Belvedere Palace such as the Hall of Grotesques, the Marble Hall, the Marble Gallery, the Gold Cabinet and the Orangery. Additionally, you can witness impressive paintings, frescoes, reliefs, ceiling art, gildings, and grotesque work.

What is the best time to visit the Lower Belvedere Palace?

The best time to visit the Belvedere Palace is either during spring or fall as it remains less crowded compared to summers. Additionally, to avoid crowds and long queues, you can plan your visit during the weekdays instead of the weekends. 

Is ‘The Kiss’ in the Lower Belvedere?

‘The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt can be seen in the Upper Belvedere Palace which is another section of the Belvedere Palace. There is only a one-time entrance charge to the Belvedere Palace, after which you can easily get to explore the other three sections of the Museum.

How much does it cost to go to the Lower Belvedere?

The cost for a tour of the Belvedere Palace in Vienna starts from as low as 1,500 INR per adult. The tour includes a visit to the Upper Belvedere, the Lower Belvedere and Belvedere 21 museum. 

How many paintings are there in the Lower Belvedere?

The Lower Belvedere Palace is a paradise for all art lovers as it has around 18,600 art pieces from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Palace was converted into an art museum which has the finest artworks on display in all of Austria.

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