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Castle Facts:

Location: Florence, Italy.
Built: 1590 and 1595.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: Now a tourist attraction and exhibition centre.
Notes: The Forte di Belvedere or Fortezza di Santa Maria in San Giorgio del Belvedere (often called simply Belvedere) is a fortification in Florence, Italy.Forte Belvedere is the second and largest fortress to be built in Florence, Italy. It was designed and built by Bernardo Buontalenti over a five-year period, between 1590 and 1595, by order of Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici. Today the Forte di Belvedere constitutes a monumental, historic, artistic and environmental focal point, offering visitors sweeping views of Florence and an insight to Renaissance architecture and military activity. After five years of renovation to improve its safety features, the fort reopened to visitors in July 2013. It serves primarily as a tourist attraction and exhibition centre, hosting elite events and artistic exhibitions year round. On May 24, 2014, celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West paid €300,000 to hire the fort as the venue for their lavish wedding.

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