10 most splendid palaces in the world

Buckingham, Dolmabahçe, Istana Negara...are 3 of the most splendid and unique palaces in the world today.

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Dolmabahçe Palace is located in the city of Istanbul, Turkey, once the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856-1922. With a construction cost of up to 5 million Ottoman gold coins (equivalent to 35 tons of gold), Dolmabahçe Palace has an area of ​​45,000m2, 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 bathrooms and 68 toilets. In addition to the 14 tons of gold leaf that were used to glue the ceiling, the Dolmabahçe Palace is also home to a collection of chandeliers. In 2020, the Asian Records Institute (ASRI) nominated Dolmabahçe Palace as the place that has the world's largest Bohemia crystal chandelier. Photo: Worldkings.org.
Versailles (67,000 m2) is one of the famous palaces in France. This is the residence of the French kings such as Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. Located to the west of Paris in the city of the same name, the Palace of Versailles is the ultimate symbol of power of the French feudal dynasties. Today, the palace has about 5,000 pieces of antique furniture and 6,000 priceless paintings being kept here.
Buckingham Palace in Westminster, London, England, is currently the British royal residence (77,000 m2). According to the BBC, Buckingham Palace was originally called Buckingham House, built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham. In 1761, King George III bought this building as a residence for Queen Charlotte. It was expanded in the 19th century, becoming the official residence of the British King in 1837 when Queen Victoria came to power. Today, this palace currently has 775 rooms, an area of ​​77,000 m2, with 19 guest rooms, 52 bedrooms for guests and members of the royal family, 78 bathrooms, 188 rooms for palace staff, 92 work room.
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1997, Venaria Palace (80,000 square meters) located at Venaria Reale, near Turin (Italy), possesses Baroque architecture with many unique works such as Diana Hall, Church of St. Hubert... In addition, the palace also has unique galleries, typically the Galleria Grande, one of the most visited museums in Italy. Built in the 17th century by Duke Carlo Emanuele II and Duchess Maria Giovanna Battista of Savoy Nemours. Over the centuries, the palace still retains its unique beauty.
The Royal Malaysian Palace Istana Negara is the official residence of the Malaysian monarch. Built in 2007, opened in 2011 with a mix of Muslim and Malay architecture, the palace includes divisions for royal, ceremonies, and administration areas, as well as a number of amenities such as: golf course, lake, swimming pool, badminton and indoor tennis courts. Covering an area of up to 9,000 square meters, Istana Negara is currently one of the most lavish and splendid palaces in the world.
The Royal Palace in Madrid was built on the site of a 9th-century fortress, during the reign of the Toledo kingdom. It was not until 1764 that this palace was built into the residence of the Spanish Royal Family. With an area of ​​134,000 m2, the palace has 3,000 rooms, more than 70 steps designed by Sabatini, 240 balconies and 44 stairs. Today, the Royal Palace is the place chosen by the Spanish Royal Family to hold ceremonies.
Built in the 13th century in the city center of Vienna, the Hofburg Palace was the former residence of many kings of the Habsburg dynasty in Austria. Expanded many times through the emperors, today the Hofburg Palace has an area of ​​240,000 m2 with 2,600 rooms. It is currently the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.
The Winter Palace is one of the most magnificent buildings in St. Petersburg (90,000 m2). This palace plays an iconic, political and cultural role in the history of the city of St. Petersburg and Russia. Russian emperors used this palace as their official residence from 1732 to 1917.
Located in Jodhpur, India, Umaid Bhawan is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. This is the home of Gaj Singh and the former Jodhpur royal family. This palace has 347 rooms. Construction of Umaid Bhawan Palace began in 1929 and took 14 years to complete.
According to the Southeast Asian book of historical sites, landmarks and typical works, Brunei is the Southeast Asian country that currently owns the largest gold-plated palace in the world. This palace is called Istana Nurul Iman, an area of ​​up to 200,000 m2, including 1,788 rooms, lit by 564 multi-top chandeliers and 51,000 lamps, 44 stairs, 18 elevators, 5 swimming pools fully equipped facilities, stables for hundreds of horses, garage for hundreds of cars, living room can accommodate 4,000 people at the same time.

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