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10. Pena National Palace – Portugal
The Beautiful Royal Palace of Pena is our number 10 on the list. This palace was built since the year 1842 by King Ferdinand II and is regarded as the Romanticist palace in Portugal. According to reports, the Pena National Palace was constructed on the ruins of a monastery which was damaged during the great Lisbon Earthquake in 1755. It made it onto this list because of its unique history and the original color in Red and Yellow, which has been maintained till date. Also, this place has become one of the most visited monuments in Portugal.
9. Mysore Palace – India
Mysore palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, is the number 9 on our list of the top 10 most astounding palaces in the world. This beautiful palace is situated in the city of Mysore in southern India and it’s known as the official residence of the Wodeyars, the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. Mysore palace also has a portion that is used as a ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court. Till today, there are no other palaces in India that are as famous as the Mysore palace, it has become a tourist attraction and it used to witness more than 3 million of visitors yearly.
8. Schönbrunn Palace – Austria
Studies have shown that the Schönbrunn Palace has been the most famous and important cultural monument in Austria since the 1960s, and has also been the major tourist attraction in Vienna. According to reports, this palace was built between the years 1696 and 1712 at the request of Emperor Leopold I. some of the attractions of the palace where you can have a memorable experience include: the Privy garden, the Gloriette – which a marble summerhouse, a maze and labyrinth, etc. it is important to know that the world’s oldest zoo is also found at the Schönbrunn Palace.
7. Summer Palace – China
The summer palace has found its name on our list not only because its popularity in China, but also it is one of the best places to visit in the world. The Summer Palace is located in Beijing, China and it covers a huge land area of about 2.9 km2, of which one-third of it is water. According to reports, the Summer Palace was used as a summer residence of the imperial rulers of China.
6. Palace of Versailles – France
The Palace of Versailles is another most astounding palace of kings and queens, and it is known as a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. Palace of Versailles was built in 1624 by Louis XIII and was originally known as a hunting lodge. However, it has grown to be a wealthy suburb of Paris – just a 20km drive away southwest of Paris.
5. Château de Chambord – France
The Royal Palace of Chateau de Chambord is situated at Loir-et-Cher of France and is regarded as one of the most astounding palaces in the world. This palace was built by King Francois and has gotten recognition across the world for its amazing architectural works that depict the distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends well with traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures.
4. Buckingham Palace – United Kingdom
Buckingham Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the British Monarch, and is located in London. This palace was originally known as Buckingham house and it’s mostly used for state occasions and royal hospitality. Buckingham Palace has been one of the most respected places of the British for years, and still is, till date.
3. Alhambra – Spain
This is surely one of the oldest palaces ever exist in history. The Alhambra palace is located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain and is known as a royal palace and fortress. According to reports, this palace was originally built as a fortress in 889 and was later converted into a royal palace by Yusuf I, who happened to be the Sultan of Granada in the year 1333. Studies also revealed that the Alhambra was built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain as well as its court of the Nasrid dynasty, but in 1492, some portions of the palace were used by the Christian rulers after the reconquest by the Reyes Catolicos. Till today, the Alhambra still remains the Spain’s major tourist attractions and visitors across the world used to visit Granada to see this historic palace.
2. Potala Palace – China
China is not a joke when it comes to making a difference in the world, with three of its palaces making the list. The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China and is situated on Marpo Ri hill almost 135 meters above the Lhasa valley. According to reports, the Potala Palace has a long history to go by; it was first built in the 7th century, however, the main construction began by 1645 during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama. Studies revealed that the palace remained the residence of the Dalai Lama until the fourteenth Dalai Lama left for India after the invasion of the Chinese in 1959.
1. Forbidden City – China
We’ve come to the number one on our list of the top 10 most astounding palaces in the world, of which the Forbidden City is taking the spot. This palace is not only famous in history but also has lots of influences in the media and entertainment industry because of its uniqueness. The Forbidden City was built between 1606 and 1420 and is located in the middle of Beijing, China. It was originally known as the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty, and has now houses the palace museum as well as the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government. According to reports, this complex consists of 980 buildings.