Belvedere Castle

The Belvedere Castle


The Belvedere Castle: A "Beautiful View"

The Belvedere Castle was designed originally by Jacob Wrey Mould and Calvert Vaux in 1867. Belvedere in Italian means ‘beautiful view.’ It was constructed atop of Vista Rock, built with Manhattan schist rocks, the same type of stones where it stands now and its walls are combined with trims of white granite quarried in Massachusetts.
Belvedere Castle by Pedicab Rickshaw Tours
The Belvedere Castle, Central Park a view from Turtle pond. Photo NYc Rickshaw Tours

The castle has two balconies that provides the best panoramic views of the city and famous landmarks.

The Belvedere castle is aligned to The Mall as it was a visioned from the very start in the Greensward Plan for Central Park by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the castle’s U.S.A flag can be seen afar from the Mall above the Ramble.

A Dragon in Central Park
Mould's bronze Cockatrice, part of a transom over a doorway of the Castle in 2004 Photo: Credt Wiki - Dragon over Central Park

Attractions near The Castle:
Shakespeare Garden, Swedish Cottage, De la Corte Theater, Turtle Pound, The Great Lawn

Movies Filmed:
The Smurfs, My Demon Lovers, Stepmom, 2 Days in New York, Naked City, The Bostonians.

Location: Mid-Park at 79th Street

Summer: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fall, Winter, Spring: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day

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Cite Sources:
  • McKinley, Jesse (December 24, 1995). "F.Y.I". The New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  • Theresa (2016). Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth, Legend and Folklore. McFarland. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-7864-9505-4
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