10 of the most beautiful palaces in the world
Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most famous sights in Vienna, which was built by Leopold 1 between 1696 and 1712. This magnificent castle has 1441 rooms and halls, it is surrounded by a picturesque garden, which is one of the works of European art to create parks. In 2003, the coin was minted at 10 euros, which represents a building facade Schönbrunn. As it is known, is now a huge number of travelers from the year come to this place in a year.
Mysore Palace is located in the Indian city of Mysore, which is known for its abundance of palaces. It was built by many generations of kings for several centuries. The first beginnings of the palace were built Wodeyar in the 14th century, and later were completed another royal nobility. Conversion and subsequent construction of new fragments of the building was carried out in 1897-1912 years. Mysore Palace includes several types of architecture: the Indo-saratsenskoy, Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic. In September, the time of the Dasara festival, butler garden lit by several thousands of dazzling lights.
Summer Palace covers an area of 2.9 kilometers in Beijing, China. It was built in 1750 as a resting place for the imperial rulers of China, later became their main residence. Initially the palace was known by another name and renamed the Summer Palace, just after renovation in 1888. The palace complex includes a number of ancient structures, which are considered some of the most popular monuments of Beijing. Kings Park and the natural beauty of the surroundings make the Summer Palace, one of the main historical attractions in China.
Construction of Topkapi Palace was started in 1453 by King Sultan Mehmed II. Palace in Istanbul was used as the residence of the sultans, as well as venues of important guests, judicial and executive functions. The complex covers a vast area of 173 acres protected huge walls. Topkapi Palace throughout its history has undergone several changes, but its minarets and domes were left in their original form. This delightful Royal Palace is one of the greatest attractions of Istanbul.
Chambord Castle (or Château de Chambord) - a striking example of French Renaissance architecture, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in France. This place was built as a hunting lodge for King François in the period from 1519 to 1547, but has never been completed. Palace with numbers 440 and 84 different fireplaces was surrounded by 52 square kilometers wooded park. Surprisingly, the king had spent a total of 40 days, counted Chambord too impractical due to the large and spacious windows.
The Palace of Versailles
The most popular palace in France is located in the south-western area of Paris. Versailles was built in 1624 by King Louis XIII, as a hunting lodge. In 1682, King Louis XIV expanded it, turning into the largest palace of France and made his permanent residence. Versailles Palace 700 numbers 1200 fireplaces and ladders 60 surrounded by a wide garden in an area of 2,000 acres. Versailles garden fountains and contains 1400 channel length over a kilometer. The kings of France used this place as the official residence until 1789, and now it is a delightful tourist attraction in Paris.
Alhambra Palace is located in the Spanish city of Andalusia. The first part of this wonderful palace was built in the 9th century, but eventually fell into disrepair and was forgotten for several centuries. The complex was renovated Mohammed Al-Ahmar in the 11th century, and in 1333 the Alhambra became the palace of the Sultan of Granada. Some parts of the Alhambra were retouched, but most of the palace is reddish due to centuries of exposure to sunlight. Due to its location on top of the palace complex can be seen from any part of the city. Now it is one of the most visited castles in Spain.
The Potala Palace in Lhasa is one of the most prominent monuments in Tibet. The complex is named after the mountain Potalaka - mythical housing Buddhists. Construction of the palace was first started in the 7th century, but gained only current form in 1645 under the guidance of the fifth Dalai Lama. Potala Palace is famous for outstanding Tibetan architectural wonders as a symbol of Buddhism in Tibet. The palace was the tallest building in the world from 1653 to 1889, with a roof that can be seen all Lhasa.
The Imperial Palace - the largest palace complex in the world, located in Beijing, and covers an area of 72 hectares. It is also known as the Palace Museum and the magnificent palace. Forbidden City includes 980 buildings with 8707 different rooms. It was built between 1406 - 1420 years as the residence of the emperor. From 1420 to 1912 we lived here 24 Chinese emperor, and the complex was decorated with stone animals, arches, dragons and other statues. Before 1912 no one was allowed to enter the complex without the permission of the Emperor. The Forbidden City was the territory of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and today it is 10 million tourists visit annually.
Pena National Palace is located in the hills of Sintra in Portugal. In 1493 the Portuguese King John II built the monastery, where the kings lived for many centuries. The monastery was badly damaged by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, after which Ferdinand II decided to transform the ruins into a beautiful building. And there was Pena National Palace - the pride of Portugal. Building construction was carried out from 1842 to 1850 in the then popular style of romanticism. This beautiful palace is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. On clear days you can see the towering castle on a rock in a few tens of kilometers.
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