At the time of its construction, the Belevedere was the largest building built in Rome since the Ancient Romans. It now houses various Vatican museums. 'Bramante's original plan included a huge courtyard on three levels flanked by arcaded buildings, with a theater at the lower end and a museum for classical antiquitiesƒclosing the upper courtƒOnly the first storey was completed to his designs (much altered later).' Source: J. Fleming et al., ed. The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture. Third Edition (1980), p. 45.
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