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Belvedere Mansion – The Downton Abbey of Galena

October 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Galena's Belvedere MansionBuilt in 1857, Belvedere Mansion is considered one of the finest Italianate mansions in Galena, Il and has been compared to the Downton Abbey of the popular BBC series fame.

With twenty-two lavishly decorated rooms and a history going back over 150 years, it’s no wonder Belvedere Mansion attracts so much attention. It doesn’t hurt that some of the incredibly ornate furnishings come from the estate of the world-famous entertainer, Liberace, and that the sweeping, green drapes are from the classic film “Gone with the Wind.”

Another key attraction for Belvedere mansion visitors are the Belvedere Gardens. Designed by landscape architect Danny Dinatale, the Belvedere Gardens were added to the grounds of the famous mansion to recreate the kind of formal, country gardens that would have been present during the period in which the house was built. The restored Belvedere Gardens are a wonder out of time worth (and receiving!) a tour of their own with traditional, formal plantings and causal walkways weaving among bronze statuary, hibiscus urns, and fountains bubbling with cool, clear waters. You’ll swear you’ve been whisked back to Victorian times …

Guided tours of Belvedere Mansion and Belvedere Gardens are available from mid May to mid November. Tours begin every fifteen minutes and last for approximately one half hour, with no reservations needed. During the tour, you will not only be treated to a visual feast of lush, Victorian finery but also the fascinating story of Joseph Russel Jones, the original owner of the Belvedere Mansion. A United States Marshall to Congress and a millionaire before the age of 30, Joseph Russel Jones championed Ulysses S. Grant throughout the Civil War and served as a Chairman of the Republican Party.

Belvedere Mansion is arguably one of the finest mansions in Galena, and has been considered so since since being built in 1857. Don’t miss the chance to take a walk through history and experience the lavish, “most visited” mansion in Galena!

The Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

1008 Park Avenue
Galena, Illinois

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Belvedere Mansion may be fun and fascinating to visit but Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast trumps it for comfort because we wont be kicking you out after a short tour! Stay at Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast during your Galena getaway and realize a vacation of true luxury in your new home away from home! Our opulent Galena bed and breakfast features Italianate design and European-style accommodations, along with impeccable service and meticulously groomed outdoor gardens. Come live the dream with us!

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