A palace is considered to be a lavish and grand residential place. It is the home of the kings, queens and political persons of a 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. Almost all the palaces captivate our attention in one way or the other. Here are the 5 Most beautiful royal palaces in the world.
It is one of the most beautiful royal palaces, which was built in between 1406 and 1420 for Chinese emperor of Ming Dynasty. The Forbidden City was imperial residence of Qing Dynasty too. It is in the middle of the city of Beijing, China and has now become Palace Museum. It has been royal residence as well as political & ceremonial center for over 500 years. The 720,000 square meter complex is an example of Chinese Palatial architecture.
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The Potala Palace is in Lhasa of Tibet Autonomous Region under China. It is located in the Marpo Ri Hill which is 130 meter above Lhasa Valley. The palace is farther 170 meter higher and is considered the greatest monument in entire Tibet. The palace was originally built in the 7th century. But the present structure there began during 5th Dalai Lama in 1645. Later Potrang Karpo or while palace and Potrang Marpo or the red palace were added to the original palace. Potala palace was residence of all Dalai Lamas till the 14th Dalai Lama had to fly to India due to Chinese aggression.
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Alhambra a palace cum fortress complex situated in Granada, Andalusia of Spain. It was originally built as a fortress in 889 AD and then turned into a royal palace in the year 1333 by Sultan Yusuf I. The Granada's Islamic royal residence at Alhambra was made for last Muslim Emirs of Nasrid dynasty in Spain and for its court. When Reyes Catolice re-conquered it some portions of the palace were used by Christian rulers. The palace is now a major tourist spot and many tourists come to Alhambra only to see this magnificent palace.
It was originally it was the official residence in London and work place for the British monarchs. The palace is located in the heart of the city of Westminster and is used for state occasions as well as royal hospitality. It became important to British citizens during both national rejoice and crisis.
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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. It was constructed by King Francois.