Medieval Silliness

by Don Friedman on May 27, 2017

Central Park’s Belvedere Castle is intentionally modeled on English garden follies. Those follies were modeled on real abandoned castles, so Belvedere is therefore two removes from actual castles. That didn’t stop the Metropolitan Museum of Art from using it as the backdrop for a simulated knight fight in 1924. The terrace at Belvedere can be seen shortly after the 5-minute mark in this unintentionally hilarious video.

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