- Belvedere (structure)
or an open gallery (in Italian an "altana").
On the hillside above the
Vatican Palace, Antonio Pollaiuolobuilt a small casino named the "palazzetto" or the Belvedere for Pope Innocent VIII. Some years later Donato Bramantelinked the Vatican with the Belvedere, under a commission from Pope Julius IIby creating the Cortile del Belvedere("Courtyard of the Belvedere"), in which stood the " Apollo Belvedere," among the most famous of antique sculptures. This began the fashion in the 16th century for the "belvedere."
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