Landmark Reclaimed

More than just a fantasy structure, Belvedere Castle maintains a real belvedere – architectural lingo for “observatory” or “tower.” Part Roman temple, part Goth castle, and part Greek edifice, this Central Park landmark was once only a fake front with open windows and doors overlooking Turtle Pond, the Great Lawn, and one of the famous park’s original reservoirs. Now a total building, the Belvedere is home to the Henry Luce Nature Observatory, where naturalists give off-the-cuff lessons using telescopes, microscopes, feathers, and even skeletons.

Mid-Park, at 79th St.

Paula Conway
I am the publisher of Conway Confidential, an entrepreneur, author and small business owner. I write about various lifestyle topics including travel, beauty, food and celebrities.
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