Construction of the Belvedere Palace in Politically Restless Times
Ludwig Persius, Friedrich August Stüler and Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse were involved in the palace’s architectural planning, although Persius died unexpectedly in 1845, before construction began.
The Belvedere was built in only five years – during the politically troubled revolutionary period around 1848. In 1852 work on the building was interrupted in favor of erecting the Orangery Palace at Sanssouci. It was not until 1861, following the illness and subsequent death of Frederick William IV, that his brother William I brought work on the building to a more limited completion than had been intended. In the years that followed the royal family used the palace to take their afternoon tea.