Most Beautiful Palaces in the World

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A palace is a grand residence, especially a royal residence or the home of a head of state.

There have had been numerous spectacular palaces in the world. Some of them are famous for their amazing infrastructure, while others are known to belong to ancient times. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful palaces in the world.

Forbidden City

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The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties. The construction of the grand palace started in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1406), and ended in 1420. The 720,000 square meter complex is an example of Chinese Palatial architecture. The Forbidden City is the best-preserved imperial palace in China, the largest ancient palatial structure in the world, and the essence and culmination of traditional Chinese architectural accomplishment.

Potala Palace

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Potala Palace is one of the must visit attractions in Tibet. It is also known The Highest Ancient Palace with its highest point reaching 3,750 meters (12,300 feet) above sea level, towering 100 meters (300 feet) above the city of Lhasa. This 13-stories-high palace has over 1,000 rooms, and covers over 13 hectares (32 acres). The stone walls measure 3 meters (10 feet) thick on average. The general structure of the Potala Palace is in two parts: the Red Palace and the White Palace. The Palace is considered to be one of the wonders of the world for its physical structure and its importance in Tibetan history. Today the Potala Palace is a state museum, a popular tourist attraction, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alhambra Palace

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Alhambra's Islamic palaces, as we know them today, were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain and the court of the Nasrid dynasty. Part palace, part fort, part World Heritage site, part lesson in medieval architecture, the Alhambra has long enchanted a never-ending line of expectant visitors. For most tourists, the Alhambra is an essential pilgrimage and, as a result, predictably crowded. At the height of summer, some 6000 visitors tramp through daily, making it difficult to pause to inspect a pretty detail, much less mentally transport yourself to the 14th century. The Alhambra is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and many visitors come to Granada just to see the Alhambra.

Buckingham Palace

Beautiful Royal Palaces

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Buckingham Palace is the Queens London residence and is used to receive and entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions. The palace is located in the heart of the city of Westminster and is used for state occasions as well as royal hospitality. 

Chateau de Chambord

Beautiful Palaces in the World

The Royal Palace of Chateau de Chambord is situated at Loir-et-Cher of France. It is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world with French Renaissance Architecture that mixes traditional Medieval French forms and Renaissance built. The Château de Chambord has 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 77 staircases. It was constructed by King Francois.

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