The most beautiful residences of Heads of State
Each country has its own chapter and each chapter necessarily should have its own seat. Often, as the residence of choosing various historical buildings, which for centuries has faithfully served the country's leaders. Today, you will see 25 of the most impressive residences of heads of state from around the world:
Stockholm Royal Palace, Sweden
was commissioned in 1760, the Stockholm Royal Palace is the official residence and principal royal palace of the king of Sweden. Palace located in Stockholm, the capital, its length is 230 meters and width of 125 meters. For its size it is considered the largest official residence in the world. The palace has 1,400 rooms and is owned by the National Council of Swedish property.
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The total area of over 22, 000 square meters, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces, which uses as the residence of the monarch Netherlands. Built in 1665, it was originally conceived as a city hall, but later it was given the status of a royal palace. Located on the west side of Dam Square and is open for visits to all comers.
Presidential Office Building, Taiwan
Located in Taipei, capital of Taiwan, Presidential Office Building, it is the seat of China's president. The building was completed in 1919. 130-meter facade of the building faces east because many important buildings of that time bore the imprint of Japanese culture.
The Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain
Built on the site of the fortress of the 9th century, the Royal Palace in Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish royal family. Despite this, the palace itself is only used for important state ceremonies, as King Felipe VI and his royal family does not live here. Their permanent place of residence is much more modest and is known as the Palacio de la Zarzuela. With a total area of 135,000 square meters, the Royal Palace in Madrid is the largest palace in Europe.
Casa Rosada, Argentina
Translated Casa Rosada stands for "Pink House". Casa Rosada - is the residence of the president of Argentina. In addition, the building houses a museum where things are stored, associated with the former president. Casa Rosada - one of the most iconic and popular houses in Buenos Aires. Built in 1898, it was declared a National Historic Monument in Argentina.
The Grand Palace, Thailand
Located in the heart of Bangkok, capital of Thailand, the Grand Palace has since 1782 served as the official residence of the King of Siam (later - Thailand). This huge complex covers an area of 220,000 square meters and is recently only for formal occasions.
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Prague Castle, the symbol of Prague, is the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic, as well as the place where the Czech crown jewels are kept. The building was built in the 9th century, and since then the castle served as the residence of the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. Its area is almost 70 000 square meters. It is the largest ancient castle in the world.
Presidential Palace, Lithuania
Located in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, the Presidential Palace is the headquarters and residence of the President of Lithuania. Construction of the building began in the 14th century, but it was completed in 1834. Throughout its history the palace underwent numerous renovations and only in 1997 was named the official residence of the President of Lithuania.
Flagstaff House, Ghana
Officially presented in November 2008, Flagstaff House since it listed as the presidential palace in Accra (Ghana's capital). He had experienced the assault during the military coup of 1966, when the military overthrew the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, who was an ardent supporter of Pan-Africanism.
Elysee Palace, France
Located near the legendary Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Elysee Palace is the official residence of the President of the French Republic since 1848. Built in the French classical style in the first half of the 18th century, the palace is one of the most important national symbol of France. Its doors are open to visitors only once a year, during the European Heritage Days in mid-September.
The Kremlin, Russia
The Kremlin - this is a historic complex in the center of Moscow, which currently serves as the official residence of the President of Russia. Its area is 275 000 square meters, and its territory is five palaces and four of the cathedral.
Quirinale Palace, Italy
Located on the highest of Rome's seven hills, the Quirinal Palace, the official residence of the President of Italy. Its territory covers 110,500 square meters, which puts him on the 6th place in the territorial area of all the palaces in the world and making it the largest residence of the head of state. It was built in 1583 and has since served as the home for 30 dads, 4 kings and 11 presidents.
Buckingham Palace, England
Located in Westminster, Buckingham Palace is the residence and headquarters of the British crown. Buckingham Palace, the royal residence was recognized in 1837, when Queen Victoria ascended the throne. Occupying 77,000 square meters, the palace accommodates 775 rooms and a hall.
Rashtrapati Bhavan, India
Located in New Delhi, India, the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India. In addition to the mansion with 340 rooms, on its territory there are huge gardens (Mughal Gardens), home guards and workers, stables and more. According to the occupied territory, this palace is a step below the Quirinal Palace in Italy.
The Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium
Located in the heart of Brussels, capital of Belgium, the Royal Palace is the official residence of the Belgian royal family. However, it is not directly used as a royal residence for the king and his family live in Lakenskom palace, located on the outskirts of Brussels. The construction of this building took 150 years, and today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions. E th can be visited free of charge every summer from July 22 to September 7.
Palácio da Alvorada, Brazil
Built between 1957 and 1958 years, Alvorada Palace, the official residence of the President of Brazil, one of the most modern buildings belonging to heads of state. The design of the building Oscar Niemeyer worked. Residence itself covers an area of 7300 square meters and is a popular Brazilian attraction.
Istana Nurul Iman, Brunei
Set on the banks of the Brunei River, a few kilometers south of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's capital, the palace Istana Nurul Iman is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei. The translation of its name means literally "Palace of the light of faith." It is possible to find rooms in 1800, and the total area of its territory is 200 000 square meters.
The Royal Palace, Norway
Located in Asker, west of Oslo, the Royal Palace is the official residence of the Norwegian monarch. Designed by Hans Linstow, Danish-Norwegian architect, the palace has 173 rooms and was built in the first half of the 19th century as the residence of the Norwegian King Charles III.
Dar al-Makhzen, Morocco
Built in 1864, Dar al-Makhzen - this is the main official residence of the King of Morocco. And though there were many residences at the disposal of the Moroccan kings, they decided to fix it behind the palace of Dar al-Makhzen status main.
Government Palace, Peru
Also known as the House of Pizarro, the Government Palace was formerly the headquarters of the Government of Peru, and is now the official residence of the president of the country. Built by Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador, in the first half of the 16th century, the palace is on the north side of the Plaza Mayor of Lima.
Presidential Palace Akorda, Kazakhstan
Located in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, the Akorda Presidential Palace is the official workplace of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The height of the spiers of the building reaches 80 meters, making it one of the tallest buildings in our list.
An example of the Anglo-Mughal architecture can serve Bangabhaban Palace, which is also the official residence and principal workplace of President of Bangladesh. Located in Dhaka, the palace covers an area of 6700 square meters. Built in the first half of the 20th century, the complex includes a main building height of three storeys, as well as a sea of green around it.
The Royal Palace, Cambodia
The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh includes several buildings that serve as the official residence of the King of Cambodia. This place served as the residence from the time of its construction in 1866. Today it is a popular tourist destination, as well as an excellent example of Khmer architecture. The palace covers an area of 175,000 square meters.
Presidential Palace, Poland
The Presidential Palace in Warsaw was built in 1643, and has since been subjected to renovation many times. Initially, he served as the residence of the governor of the Kingdom of Poland in the time of the Russian occupation. Later it housed the Council of Ministers, and during the Second World War, he served as the residence of the German occupiers. Since July 1994, this place became the official residence of the President of Poland.
Bellevue Palace, Germany
In the same 1994 Bellevue Palace, situated on the banks of the Spree River, it became the official residence of the German president. However, the palace was built in 1785 by architect Michael Bowman. Bellevue Palace is one of the greatest examples of German neo-classical architecture.