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7 Largest Palaces in the World

Batul Nafisa Baxamusa Aug 26, 2019
Palaces were and still are the brand ambassador of the former glory of the Empires that once had a stronghold within a country. They were not just a matter of prestige and pride, but also a fortress of security. The official residences of the Monarch/President, Archbishop or Bishop are the top 6 palaces commonly accepted as the largest in the world.

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1. Palace of the Parliament (Romania)

It is not just the largest palace by floor space and volume in the world, but it is also the 3rd largest administrative building, the world’s most expensive administrative building, and the world’s heaviest building.

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2. Hofburg Palace (Austria)

The Hofburg Palace or ‘Castle of the Court’ was considered as the seat of the head of the state and today is the official residence of Austrian Federal President.

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3. Louvre Palace (France)

Over 300 years, this palace has served as the royal residence of kings of France. Today it stands as a great reminder of the glorious French history and has been converted into a public museum.

4. AK Saray (Turkey)

Initially constructed as the office of the Prime Minister, it was announced as the Presidential residence by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The word AK Saray means ‘white palace’ in Turkish.

5. Istana Nurul Iman (Brunei)

Translated as The Light of Faith Palace, this place serves as the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei. It is the world’s largest residential palace in respect to floor area.

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6. Apostolic Palace (Vatican City)

Also known as the Vatican Palace, Palace of the Vatican, as well as Papal Palace, it is the official residence of the Pope. Apart from Pope’s residence, the palace includes Vatican museums, Vatican library, and other important offices.

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7. Forbidden City (China)

This was once the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It has been the center of politics for the Chinese government for 500 years. Today, it serves as a Palace Museum educating visitors of the rich Chinese history.

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These are just a few of the largest palaces in the world. Most of these palaces have now been converted into museums or government buildings. Yet, they serve as a striking reminder to their respective culture and influences that shaped the future of the country.