Provide an overview of the most beautiful Royal palaces in the world.
To visit a real Palace – this is the dream of every passionate tourist.
Beautiful palaces of the world open us their doors, allowing you to touch the history and feel the greatness of a particular country. A residence of the powerful of this world is limited for walks – and they are the rulers. Others have become museums, and it is allowed to consider each stone.
To determine exactly which Palace is the largest in the world is quite difficult, since the representatives of different countries claim that they have a Palace “most-most”. Different countries have different palaces designation: this building, which is used as the Royal residence, where the official residence of the head of state, and sometimes as the residence of the Holy fathers.
We present you 15 the biggest palaces that are truly impressive.
1. The Royal Palace in Brussels
Located in front of the Brussels Park in the center of the capital of Belgium, Royal Palace of Brussels is the official residence of the king and Queen of Belgium. The Palace, designed in the neoclassical architectural style, has an area of over 33,000 square meters.
2. Windsor castle, UK
Built in the XI century after the invasion of the Normans in England, Windsor castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle, as well as used for a very long time Royal Palace in Europe. The castle, which combines the original elements of Gothic and Victorian design, has an area of 55 000 sq. m.
3. Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Situated between the Palace embankment and the Palace square in Central St. Petersburg, the Winter Palace from 1732 to 1917 was the official residence of Russian emperors. The Palace was built really monumental that you Express the power of tsarist Russia. Its area is 60,000 square meters.
4. Palace of Caserta, Caserta, Italy
In Caserta in the South of Italy in the second half of the XVIII century was built the Palace of king of Naples of the Bourbon dynasty. The Palace of Caserta was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1997. It is the largest Royal Palace in the world by volume (2 million cubic meters) and 18th in area (61 000 sq m).
5. The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Located on the island of Stadsholmen in Central Stockholm, the Stockholm Palace is the official residence and major Royal Palace of the Swedish monarch. It is possible to find 1430 room, and the area of the Palace is 61 210 sq. m.
6. The Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Located 20 km South-West of the centre of the French capital, the Versailles Palace was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682 to 1789 (until the Royal family was forced to return to the capital after the beginning of the French revolution). Known as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy, the Palace covers an area of 67 000 square meters.
7. Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
Built in the XV century, the Topkapi Palace was one of the main residences of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. At the height of the Ottoman Empire, the Palace was home to as many as 4,000 people. Today it serves as Museum and is one of the major tourist attractions in Turkey. The Palace has an area of 70 000 square meters.
8. Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic
Built in the IX century, Prague Castle is one of the oldest and largest Royal palaces in the world. Here was ruled by the kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. The Palace, which attracts 1.8 million tourists annually, covers an area of 70,000 square meters.
9. Buckingham Palace, London, UK
Located in Westminster, in Central London, Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the ruling monarch of the United Kingdom. In the Palace there are 775 rooms, a large garden on 16 hectares, and its total area is 77 000 sq. m.
10. The Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain
Completed in 1755, the Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal family, but it is used only for state ceremonies. With its incredible number of room (3 418), this building is currently the largest functioning Palace in Europe. Its area is 135 000 sq. m.
11. Forbidden city, Beijing, China
The forbidden city was the Chinese Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing dynasty (from 1420 to 1912). Located in the heart of Beijing, the Palace was home to emperors and their families, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. It consists of 980 buildings and covers an area of 150,000 square meters.
12. Apostolic Palace, Vatican city
Located in Vatican city, Apostolic Palace is the official residence of the Pope. The building houses the papal apartments, various agencies of the Catholic Church, private and public chapels, the museums and the Vatican library. The total area of the Palace is 162 000 sq. m.
13. Istana Nurul Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Completed in 1984, the Palace has a cost of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars. Istana Nurul Iman is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei and seat of government of Brunei. Once completed it became the largest residential Palace in the world and the largest ever built housing for one family. It has an area of 200 000 square meters.
14. The Louvre, Paris, France
Originally the Louvre was a fortress built in the medieval period. In the XIV century it became a Royal Palace under Charles V, and then from time to time used by the kings of France as their main Paris residence. These days much of the building is used as Museum. The Palace covers an area of 210 000 sq. m.
15. The Palace Of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania
Located in the centre of Bucharest, Palace of Parliament houses the Romanian Parliament. Besides being the world’s largest Palace is the heaviest building in the world, the second largest administrative building in the world and the fourth largest building in the world. The Palace has an area of 330 000 sq. m.
© 2017, paradox. All rights reserved.