The royal palace, homes of kings and emperors, were largely royal shaped for centries. Till now there are still some surviving kingdoms in the world, and these places have become one of the most one of popular tourist destinations. We have gathered the top 10 most magnificent royal palaces in the world that are fascinating for you to look at.
1 Forbidden City (Beijing, China)
The Forbidden City is a palace complex in central Beijing, China. It houses the Palace Museum, and was the former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty (the years 1420 to 1912). The Forbidden City served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost 500 years.
Constructed from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 hectares (over 180 acres). The palace exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
2 Potala Palace (Tibet, China)
The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, it was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas from 1649 to 1959, the 5th Dalai Lama started its construction in 1645.
The Palace is regarded as landmark and the symbol of Tibet. The main buildings of Potala Palace are situated on the Red Hill by the side of Lhasa River. It is not only a splendid place, but also a treasure house where you can see precious arts and learn Tibetan culture and history. Because of its brilliant arts and history, travelers see it as the No. 1 must-see attraction in Tibet.
3 Alhambra (Andalusia, Spain)
Alhambra – a palace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of Granada, Spain, was built chiefly between 1238 and 1358, in the reigns of Ibn al-Aḥmar, founder of the Naṣrid dynasty. The name Alhambra, signifying in Arabic “the red,” is probably derived from the reddish colour of the tapia (rammed earth) of which the outer walls were built.
4 Buckingham Palace (London, UK)
Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning.
The palace has 775 rooms, and a large and park-like garden. The garden, together with its lake is the largest private garden in London. The state rooms which are used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September and on some days in winter and spring.
5 Chateau de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher, France)
The Château de Chambord is located in Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King Francis I of France.
This palace has 440 rooms and 84 different fireplaces. The palace was surrounded by 52 square kilometers of wooded park.
6 Palace of Versailles (Paris, France)
The Palace of Versailles is located in the department of Yvelines, in the region of Île-de-France, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) southwest of the centre of Paris. It was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI.
The splendor of the palace is matched by its surroundings. The 17th-century Grand Trianon, an incredible array of pink marble buildings and enchanting gardens, was another integral part of life at Versailles.
7 Summer Palace (Beijing, China)
Summer Palace is located about 10 kilometres from the downtown of Beijing, It was once the largest imperial garden in China. It is a vast area of lakes, gardens, and palaces dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. Summer Palace was first built in 1750 by Emperor Qianglong. It was largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886.
8 Schonbrunn Palace (Vienna, Austria)
A few kilometers west of the center of Vienna, the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace is one of the highlights of Vienna. It was built in the early 18th century in a beautiful park-like setting and remains one of Austria’s leading attractions.
The Austrian 10 Euro coin minted back in 2003 put this great palace at one side. Every year millions of tourists come to Schonbrunn Palace.
9 Mysore Palace (Karnataka, India)
Mysore Palace is a historical palace and a royal residence at Mysore in the Indian State of Karnataka. It is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore.
Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India after Taj Mahal with more than 2.7 million visitors each year.
10 Pena National Palace (Sintra, Portugal)
Pena Palace is a Romanticist castle in São Pedro de Penaferrim, in the municipality of Sintra, on the Portuguese Riviera. The castle stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra. It is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials.