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Palace of Nakhchivan Khans Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan Palace of the independent Nakhchivan khanate.
Palace of Shaki Khans Shaki, Azerbaijan The Palace was a summer residence of the Shaki Khans. It features decorative tiles, fountains and stained-glass windows. The exterior is decorated with dark blue, turquoise and ochre tiles in geometric patterns, and murals coloured with tempera inspired by the works of Nizami Ganjavi.
Palace of the Shirvanshahs Baku, Azerbaijan Palace of the Shirvanshahs (or Shirvanshahs' Palace) is the biggest monument of the Shirvan-Absheron style of Azerbaijan architecture. The complex contains the main building of the palace, Divanhane, the burial-vaults, the shah's mosque with a minaret, Seyid Yahya Bakuvi's mausoleum, a portal in the east - Murad's gate, a reservoir and the remnants of the bath-house.
Royal Palace of Brussels Brussels, Belgium The Royal Palace of Brussels the official palace of the King of the Belgians. It is not used as a royal residence, as the king and his family live in the Royal Castle of Laeken on the outskirts of Brussels
Paco de Sao Cristovao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Paco de Sao Cristovao (Palace of Saint Christopher), also known as Pal cio Imperial or Pal cio de SÆo Crist¢vÆo, is a palace located in the Quinta da Boa Vista park in Rio de Janeiro. It is the former residence of the Emperors of Brazil and currently houses the National Museum of Brazil.
Paco Imperial Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The Paco Imperial or Imperial Palace, is a historic building in the center of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It was built in the 18th century to serve as residence for the governors of colonial Brazil. From 1808, it was used as a royal residence by King John VI of Portugal as King of Portugal and later also as King of Brazil. In 1822 it became the city palace of the monarchs of the Empire of Brazil, Pedro I and Pedro II.
Summer Palace Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Summer palace of the emperor Dom Pedro II (1831-1889), built in 1845. Now the Museu Imperial de Petr¢polis
Euxinograd palace near Varna, Bulgaria Summer residence of the Bulgarian Tsars
Royal Palace Sofia, Bulgaria Now the National Art Gallery and National Ethnographic Museum
Vrana Palace Sofia, Bulgaria Vrana Palace is a former royal palace, located on the outskirts of Sofia. It is the official residence of the deposed Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Tsaritsa Margarita.
Royal Palace Phnom Penh, Cambodia The Royal Palace is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal resident of the king of Cambodia.
Summer Palace Beijing, China aka Yihe Yuan "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony"
Epang Palace Xi'an, China An imperial palace built by the First Emperor in replacement of Xianyang Palace.
Forbidden City Beijing, China The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, and as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.
Mukden Palace Shenyang, China Also known as the Shenyang Imperial Palace. The former imperial palace of the early Qing Dynasty of China built in 1625.
Weiyang Palace Chang'an, China Weiyang Palace was a palace complex, located near the city of Chang'an (modern day Xi'an). It served as the administrative centre and imperial residence of the Western Han Dynasty, as well as the Western Jin dynasty and several other regimes during the Northern and Southern Dynasties.
Prague Castle Prague, Czech Republic A castle where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia had (and the Czech Republic has) their offices. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept here.
Amalienborg Palace Copenhagen, Denmark The winter home of the Danish royal family,
Christiansborg Palace Copenhagen, Denmark Christiansborg Palace, on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, is the seat of the Folketing (the Danish parliament), the Danish Prime Minister's Office and the Danish Supreme Court. Parts of the palace are used by the monarchy, including the Royal Reception Rooms, the palace chapel and the royal stables.
Buckingham Palace London, England Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch.[ Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today's palace was a townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705.
Windsor Castle Windsor, England Windsor Castle, in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire, is the largest inhabited castle in the world and, dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, is the oldest in continuous occupation.
Catherinethal Tallinn, Estonia Catherinethal ("Catherine's valley") is a Petrine Baroque palace of Catherine I of Russia in Tallinn, Estonia. It was built after the Great Northern War. In the 20th century the Estonian version of the name, Kadriorg, gained currency and came to be applied to the surrounding district. The palace currently houses an art gallery. The KUMU Museum is sited in its park.
Palais du Louvre Paris, France The Louvre Palace on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris, is a former royal palace situated between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois. Its origins date back to the medieval period, and its present structure has evolved in stages since the 16th century. It was the seat of power in France, until Louis XIV moved to Versailles in 1682, taking the government with him. Since the French Revolution it has housed the celebrated Mus‚e du Louvre as well as government departments.
Palais-Royal Paris, France The Palais-Royal, originally called the Palais-Cardinal, is a palace and an associated garden located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Facing the Place du Palais-Royal, it stands opposite the north wing of the Louvre.
Palais des Tuileries Paris, France The Tuileries Palace (was a royal palace in Paris which stood on the right bank of the River Seine until 1871, when it was destroyed in the upheaval during the suppression of the Paris Commune. It closed off the western end of the Louvre courtyard, which has remained open since the destruction of the palace. The site is now the location of the Tuileries Garden.
Palace of Versailles Versailles, France The Palace of Versailles or simply Versailles, is a royal chƒteau in Versailles, the ×le-de-France region of France. In French, it is known as the Chƒteau de Versailles.
Berliner Stadtschloss Berlin, Germany The Stadtschloss (the Berlin City Palace), was the principal residence (winter residence) of the Hohenzollern Kings of Prussia from 1701 to 1918 (the German Emperors from 1871 to 1918) and a museum following the fall of the German Empire in 1918. Damaged by Allied bombing in World War II, the palace was demolished in. Following the reunification of Germany, it was decided to rebuild the Stadtschloss.
Dresden Castle Dresden, Germany Dresden Castle is one of the oldest buildings in Dresden was the residence of the Electors (1547?1806) and Kings (1806?1918) of Saxony.
Nymphenburg Palace Munich, Germany The Nymphenburg Palace or "Nymph's Castle", is a Baroque palace, previously the main summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria.
Schleissheim Palace Munich, Germany A summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria.
Zwinger Palace Dresden, Germany The location was formerly part of the Dresden fortress of which the outer wall is conserved. The name derives from the German word Zwinger (outer ward of a concentric castle) a reference to the cannon that were placed between the outer wall and the major wall.
Royal Palace Athens, Greece now the seat of the Hellenic Parliament
New Royal Palace Athens, Greece now the residence of the President of Greece
Buda Castle Budapest, Hungary The historical castle complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, Hungary, completed in 1265. In the past it was also called Royal Palace and Royal Castle
Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad, India Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat (?4 Palaces?) was a palace belonging to the Nizams of Hyderabad. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and the official residence of the Nizam.
City Palace, Jaipur Jaipur, India City Palace, Jaipur, includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces, is a palace complex in Jaipur city, the capital of the Rajasthan.. It was the seat of the Maharajas of Jaipur, heads of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatert part of it is still a royal residence.
Kowdiar Palace, Trivandrum Trivandrum, India Kowdiar Palace in Kerala was built in 1915 by Sree Moolam Thirunal. It is the official residence of the Travancore Royal Family.
Lake Palace, Udaipur Udaipur, India It was built in 1743- 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II (of the royal dynasty of Mewar) of Udaipur, Rajasthan as a royal summer palace and was initially called Jagniwas or Jan Niwas. Now a Lake Palace a luxury hotel, Lake Pichola.
Mysore Palace Mysore, India A palace situated in the city of Mysore in southern India. It is the official residence of the Wodeyars - the royal family of Mysore. It houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court).
Padmanabhapuram Palace Kanyakumari District, India The Padmanabhapuram Palace complex is located in the Padmanabhapuram Fort, close to the town of Thuckalay in Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu. The palace is administered by the Government of Kerala archeology department.
City Palace, Udaipur Udaipur, India A palace complex in Udaipur, in Rajasthan. It was built by the Maharana Udai Mirza Singh as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput clan in 1559. It is located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in the Rajputana Agency.
Ali Qapu Isfahan, Iran Ali Qapu (Turkic for Sublime Gate) is a grand palace located on the western side of the Naghsh-i Jahan Square opposite to Sheikh lotf allah mosque, originally designed as a vast portal.
Behistun Palace Kermanshah, Iran Khosrau II's palace located in Bisotun City, 20 kilometres from Kermanshah. It stands in front of the Behistun inscription, between the Behistun mountain and Behistun lake.
Golestan Palace Tehran, Iran Previously the official residence of the royal Qajar family.
Hasht Behesht Isfahan, Iran Hasht Behesht ("Eight Paradises") is a Safavid era palace, built in 1669 and is today protected by Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization.
Pearl Palace Mehrshahr, Iran Kakh-e Morvarid, lso known as kahk-e Shams is a large estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on instructions from Shams Pahlavi, elder sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. It was built in 1966 and it is located near Karaj.
Niavaran Palace Complex Tehran, Iran The main Niavaran Palace, completed in 1968, was the primary residence of the last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the Imperial family until the Iranian Revolution. The Sahebqraniyeh Palace, from the time of Naser al-Din Shah of Qajar dynasty, is also inside this complex.
Saadabad Palace Tehran, Iran A palace built by the Pahlavi dynasty of Iran in the Shemiran area of Tehran, first inhabited by Qajar monarchs and royal family in the 19th century. After the Iranian Revolution, the complex became a museum.
Castello Ducale di Aglié Piedmont, Italy Residence of the Royal House of Savoy
Palazzo Carignano Turin, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Royal Palace of Caserta Caserta, Italy constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples
Castello di Govone Govone, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Palazzo Madama Turin, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Castello della Mandria Piedmont, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Royal Palace of Milan Milan, Italy now an important cultural center, home to expositions and exhibitions
Castello di Moncalieri Moncalieri, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Royal Palace of Naples Naples, Italy one of the four residences used by the Bourbon Kings of Naples
Palazzo Pitti Florence, Italy Now one of Florence's largest art galleries housing several minor collections in addition to those of the Medici family.
Pollenzo Estate Pollenzo, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Quirinal Palace Rome, Italy the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic
Castello di Racconigi Cuneo, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Palazzo Reale Turin, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Villa della Regina Turin, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Castello di Rivoli Rivoli, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi Stupinigi, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Royal Palace of Turin Turin, Italy aka Palazzo Reale. It was the royal palace of the House of Savoy
La Reggia di Valcasotto Piedmont, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Castello del Valentino Turin, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Reggia di Venaria Reale Venaria Reale,, Italy Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Royal Palace Luang Prabang, Laos The Royal Palace (official name "Haw Kham") in Luang Prabang, Laos was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. The crown Prince Savang Vatthana and his family were the last to occupy the grounds. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown and the palace converted into a national museum.
Royal Palace Vilnius, Lithuania The Royal Palace of Lithuania was a palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, built in the 15th century for the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. For four centuries the Palace was the political, administrative and cultural center of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was demolished in 1801. A new palace has been constructed on the site of the original building. The partially completed palace was opened on in 2009.
The Prince's Palace Monaco, Monaco The Prince's Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. Founded in 1191 as a Genoese fortress. Since the end of the 13th century, it has been the stronghold and home of the Grimaldi family who first captured it in 1297.
Blue Palace Cetinje, Montenegro The Blue Palace or Plavi Dvorac was built as the heir?s palace in Cetinje the Royal Capital of Montenegro. Today it is the residence of President of Montenegro.
King Nikola's Palace Cetinje, Montenegro King Nikola's Palace served as the seat of the montenegrin royal family. In 1926 it became a museum, which became in 1980 the National Museum of Montenegro featuring the Montenegrin crown jewels.
Bahia Palace Marrakech, Morocco The El Bahia Palace was built for Ahmed Ibn Moussa (or Ba Ahmed) between 1894 and 1900 in the Alawi style. It is said that the palace was built as a home for Ba Ahmed?s official concubines, the importance of each concubine matching the size of their bedroom.
El Badi Palace Marrakech, Morocco El Badi Palace (the ?incomparable palace?) consists of the remnants of a palace built by the Saadian king Ahmad al-Mansur in 1578. The palace, which took approximately 25 years to construct, was torn apart by the Alaouite Sultan Moulay Ismail who used the materials to decorate his own palace in Meknes.
Dar el Makzhen Tangier, Morocco The Dar-el-Makhzen (or Sultanate Palace) in Tangier, Morocco was the seat of residence for the Sultans of Morocco when staying in Tangier. It was built by Moulay Ismail in the 17th century, in the Kasbah on one of the highest points of the city overlooking the Medina and the Strait of Gibraltar. Today it houses two museums, the Museum of Moroccan Arts and the Museum of Antiquities.
Narayanhity Royal Palace Katmandu, Nepal The Narayanhity Palace Museum, or Narayanhity Durbar (formerly Narayanhity Royal Palace), is a palace in Kathmandu, Nepal which long served as a primary residence for the country's monarchs. The palace was turned into a public museum after the country was declared a republic.
Netherlands: Royal Palace Amsterdam, Netherlands The Royal Palace in Amsterdam (Dutch: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam or Paleis op de Dam) is one of four palaces in the Netherlands at the disposal of Queen Beatrix by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the seventeenth century. It became the royal palace of king Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House. It is situated in the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk.
Royal Palace Oslo, Norway The Royal Palace (Norwegian: Slottet or formally Det kongelige slott) in Oslo was built in the first half of the 19th century as the Norwegian residence of Norwegian and Swedish king Charles III (Carl Johan, Charles XIV of Sweden) and is used as the official residence of the present Norwegian Monarch.
Qasr al-Basha Gaza, Palestine Qasr al-Basha (also known as Radwan Castle and Napoleon's Fort) was a large palace. It served as a seat of power in the Mamluk and Ottoman periods and as a police station under the British Mandate. and is now a two-floored girl's school and museum.
Royal Castle Warsaw, Poland The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a castle and was the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town. The personal offices of the king and the administrative offices of the Royal Court of Poland were located there from the 16th century until the Partitions of Poland.
Wilanow Palace Warsaw, Poland Wilan¢w Palace is a royal palace located in the Wilan¢w district, Warsaw. The Palace survived the time of Poland's partitions and both World Wars.
Romania: Royal Palace (of Bucharest) Bucharest, Romania Formerly winter residence of the Romanian Royal Court. Today it houses The National Museum of Art of Romania. It is located in Revolution Square, central Bucharest, Romania, and was completed in 1937. It features notable collections of medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as the international collection assembled by the Romanian royal family.
Grand Kremlin Palace Moscow, Russia The Grand Kremlin Palace was formerly the tsar's Moscow residence. The Palace also known as the Great Kremlin Palace, was built from 1837 to 1849 on the site of the estate of the Grand Princes.
Stroganov Palace Saint Petersburg, Russia The Stroganov Palace is a Late Baroque palace at the intersection of the Moika River and Nevsky Prospekt in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The palace was in 1753-1754. Today, the palace is part of the Russian Museum.
Summer Palace Saint Petersburg, Russia The name is applied to two wooden Baroque palaces built by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli on Tsaritsa's Meadow behind the Summer Garden in St. Petersburg. Neither building survives.
Tsarskoye Selo Pushkin, Russia Tsarskoye Selo ("Tsar's Village") is a former Russian residence of the imperial family used by visiting nobility, located 26 kilometres (16 mi) south from the center of St. Petersburg. It is now part of the town of Pushkin and of the World Heritage Site Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments.
Vorontsov's Palace Saint Petersburg, Russia The Vorontsov's Palace is a 18th century palace in the centre of the city at the Garden Street. The buildings were built between 1749 to 1757 for Chancellor Mikhail Illarionovich Vorontsov.
Winter Palace Saint Petersburg, Russia The Winter Palace was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian Tsars. Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great's original Winter Palace.
Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh Castle is a castle fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock. There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. It is still a royal palace and a major tourist attraction.
Falkland Palace Falkland - Fife, Scotland Falkland Palace in Falkland, Fife, Scotland is a former royal palace of the Scottish Kings. Today it is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, and is a tourist attraction.
Holyrood Palace Edinburgh, Scotland The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. The palace stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle. Holyrood Palace is the setting for state ceremonies and official entertaining. Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 15th century.
Aranjuez Royal Palace Madrid, Spain The Royal Palace of Aranjuez (Palacio Real de Aranjuez) is a residence of the King of Spain, located in Aranjuez. The palace is one of the Spanish royal sites and is open to the public.
Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial Madrid, Spain El Escorial is a historical residence of the king of Spain, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of the Spanish capital. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school.
Palacio Real de la Granja de San Ildefonso Segovia, Spain The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso (Palacio Real de La Granja de San Ildefonso) is an 18th century palace in the town of San Ildefonso in the hills near Segovia, formerly the summer residence of the Kings of Spain since the reign of Philip V. It is now open to the public as a museum.
Royal Palace of Madrid Madrid, Spain The Palacio Real de Madrid (The Royal Palace of Madrid), also known as the Palacio de Oriente (The Orient Palace), is the official residence of the King of Spain in the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies. The palace is owned by the Spanish State and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional, a public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency.
Palacio Real de Riofr¡o San Ildefonso, Spain The Royal Palace of Riofr¡o (Palacio Real de Riofr¡o) is a residence of the King of Spain in the municipality of San Ildefonso, in the province of Segovia. It is set in a wooded deer-park and was built on the orders of Isabella Farnese, the widow of Philip V of Spain. After her death it was never inhabited by any of the kings of Spain, remaining as a hunting lodge.
Valladolid Royal Palace Valladolid, Spain The Royal Palace of Valladolid, was the official residence of the Kings of Spain during the period in which the Royal Court had its seat in Valladolid between 1601 and 1606, and a temporary residence of the Spanish Monarchs from Charles I to Isabella II, and also of Napoleon during the War of the Independence. It is currently ithe headquarters of the 4th General Sub-inspection of the Spanish Army.
The Zarzuela Palace Madrid, Spain Zarzuela Palace (Palacio de la Zarzuela) is the principal residence of King Juan Carlos of Spain and his family. The palace is on the outskirts of Madrid, near the Royal Palace of El Pardo. The complex also houses the official residence of the Prince and Princess of Asturias in a nearby mansion. The palace is owned by the Spanish State and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional agency.
Royal Palace of Stockholm Stockholm, Sweden The Stockholm Palace (Swedish: Stockholms slott or Kungliga slottet) is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch. (The private residence of the royal family is Drottningholm Palace). Stockholm Palace is located on Stadsholmen ("city island"), in Gamla Stan (the old town) in the capital. It neighbours the Riksdag, Sweden's parliament.
Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand The Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings which served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. Construction of the Palace began in 1782, during the reign of King Rama I. The present King of Thailand resides at the Chitralada Palace.
Royal Palace Tonga, Tonga The Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Tonga is located in the northwest of the capital, Nuku?alofa, close to the Pacific Ocean. The wooden Palace, which was built in 1867, is the official residence of the King of Tonga. The Palace is not open to the public, but is easily visible from the waterfront.



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