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List of palaces


  • Afghanistan 1
  • Albania 2
  • Argentina 3
  • Australia 4
  • Austria 5
  • Azerbaijan 6
  • Bangladesh 7
  • Belarus 8
  • Belgium 9
  • Benin 10
  • Bhutan 11
  • Bolivia 12
  • Brazil 13
  • Brunei 14
  • Bulgaria 15
  • Burundi 16
  • Cambodia 17
  • Canada 18
  • Chile 19
  • China 20
    • List of Chinese imperial palaces, in chronological order 20.1
    • More Palaces 20.2
  • Colombia 21
  • Croatia 22
  • Czech Republic 23
  • Denmark 24
  • Egypt 25
    • Pharaonic 25.1
    • Ptolemaic 25.2
    • Roman 25.3
    • Arabic 25.4
    • Modern Egypt 25.5
  • Estonia 26
  • Ethiopia 27
  • Finland 28
  • France 29
    • Paris 29.1
    • Versailles 29.2
    • Île-de-France 29.3
    • Elsewhere 29.4
  • Georgia 30
  • Germany 31
    • Baden-Württemberg 31.1
    • Bavaria 31.2
    • Berlin 31.3
    • Brandenburg 31.4
    • Hesse 31.5
    • Lower Saxony 31.6
    • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 31.7
    • North Rhine-Westphalia 31.8
    • Rhineland-Palatinate 31.9
    • Saxony 31.10
    • Thuringia 31.11
  • Ghana 32
  • Greece 33
  • Haiti 34
  • Hungary 35
  • India 36
  • Indonesia 37
    • Presidential palaces 37.1
    • Royal palaces 37.2
  • Iran 38
    • Palaces and pavilions 38.1
    • Castles and citadels 38.2
  • Iraq 39
  • Italy 40
    • Rome 40.1
    • Florence 40.2
    • Venice 40.3
    • Elsewhere 40.4
  • Japan 41
  • Jordan 42
  • Korea 43
  • Kuwait 44
  • Laos 45
  • Latvia 46
  • Lebanon 47
  • Lithuania 48
  • Luxembourg 49
  • Malaysia 50
  • Malta 51
  • Mexico 52
  • Monaco 53
  • Mongolia 54
  • Myanmar 55
  • Nepal 56
  • The Netherlands 57
  • New Zealand 58
  • Nigeria 59
  • Norway 60
  • Oman 61
  • Pakistan 62
  • Paraguay 63
  • Peru 64
  • Philippines 65
  • Poland 66
    • Warsaw 66.1
  • Portugal 67
    • Alentejo 67.1
    • Beira and Entre & Minho 67.2
    • Estremadura 67.3
  • Puerto Rico 68
  • Qatar 69
  • Romania 70
  • Russia 71
    • Gatchina 71.1
    • Moscow 71.2
    • Oranienbaum 71.3
    • Pavlovsk 71.4
    • Pella 71.5
    • Peterhof 71.6
    • Pushkin 71.7
    • Saint Petersburg 71.8
    • Taganrog 71.9
    • Tver 71.10
    • Yalta 71.11
  • Rwanda 72
  • Serbia 73
  • Singapore 74
  • Sri Lanka 75
  • South Africa 76
  • Sweden 77
    • Scania 77.1
  • Spain 78
  • Slovakia 79
  • Syria 80
  • Taiwan 81
  • Thailand 82
  • Tonga 83
  • Turkey 84
  • Turkmenistan 85
  • Ukraine 86
  • United Kingdom 87
    • England 87.1
    • Scotland 87.2
  • United States of America 88
    • Colorado 88.1
    • Florida 88.2
    • Hawai'i 88.3
    • New Jersey 88.4
    • New Mexico 88.5
    • North Carolina 88.6
    • Pennsylvania 88.7
    • Puerto Rico 88.8
    • Texas 88.9
    • Virginia 88.10
    • Washington, D.C. 88.11
  • Vatican City 89
  • Venezuela 90
  • Vietnam 91
  • List of non-residential palaces 92
  • See also 93
  • References 94



















Residences of provincial Lieutenant-Governors:



The English word "palace" is used to translated the Chinese word 宮 (pronounced "gōng" in Mandarin). This character represents two rooms connected (呂), under a roof (宀). Originally the character applied to any residence or mansion, but starting with the Qin Dynasty (3rd century BC) it was used only for the residence of the emperor and members of the imperial family. Chinese palaces are different from post-Renaissance European palaces in the sense that they are not made up of one building only (however big and convoluted the building may be), but are in fact huge spaces surrounded by a wall and containing large separated halls (殿 diàn) for ceremonies and official business, as well as smaller buildings, galleries, courtyards, gardens, and outbuildings, more like the Roman or Carolingian palatium.

List of Chinese imperial palaces, in chronological order

Hall of Supreme Harmony, Forbidden City, Beijing
Xinhua Gate, formal entrance to the Zhongnanhai compound.
  • Forbidden City (紫禁城), now known in China as Beijing's Old Palace (北京故宫), in Jingshi (京師), now called Beijing (北京): imperial palace of the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty from 1421 until 1924. Area: 720,000 m² (178 acres).

Apart from the main imperial palace, Chinese dynasties also had several other imperial palaces in the capital city where the empress, crown prince, or other members of the imperial family dwelled. There also existed palaces outside of the capital city called "away palaces" (離宮) where the emperors resided when traveling. The habit also developed of building garden estates in the countryside surrounding the capital city, where the emperors retired at times to get away from the rigid etiquette of the imperial palace, or simply to escape from the summer heat inside their capital. This practice reached a zenith with the Qing Dynasty, whose emperors built the fabulous Imperial Gardens (御園), now known in China as the Gardens of Perfect Brightness (圓明園), and better known in English as the Old Summer Palace. The emperors of the Qing Dynasty resided and worked in the Imperial Gardens, 8 km/5 miles outside of the walls of Beijing, the Forbidden City inside Beijing being used only for formal ceremonies.

These gardens were made up of three gardens: the Garden of Perfect Brightness proper, the Garden of Eternal Spring (長春園), and the Elegant Spring Garden (綺春園); they covered a huge area of 3.5 km² (865 acres), almost 5 times the size of the Forbidden City, and 8 times the size of the Vatican City. comprising hundreds of halls, pavilions, temples, galleries, gardens, lakes, etc. Several famous landscapes of southern China had been reproduced in the Imperial Gardens, hundreds of invaluable Chinese art masterpieces and antiquities were stored in the halls, making the Imperial Gardens one of the largest museum in the world. Some unique copies of literary work and compilations were also stored inside the Imperial Gardens. In 1860, during the Second Opium War, the British and French expeditionary forces looted the Old Summer Palace. Then on October 18, 1860, in order to "punish" the imperial court, which had refused to allow Western embassies inside Beijing, the British general Lord Elgin- with protestations from the French - purposely ordered to set fire to the huge complex which burned to the ground. It took 3500 British troops to set the entire place ablaze and took three whole days to burn. The burning of the Gardens of Perfect Brightness is still a very sensitive issue in China today.

Following this cultural catastrophe, the imperial court was forced to relocate to the old and austere Forbidden City where it stayed until 1924, when the Last Emperor was expelled by a republican army. Empress dowager Cixi (慈禧太后) built the Summer Palace (頤和園 - "The Garden of Nurtured Harmony") near the Old Summer Palace, but on a much smaller scale than the Old Summer Palace. There are currently some projects in China to rebuild the Imperial Gardens, but this appears as a colossal undertaking, and no rebuilding has started yet.

More Palaces

Some other palaces include:



Czech Republic


Amalienborg Palace





  • 100 AD Roman palace at El Haiz area in the Bahariya Oasis, western desert.[10]


Modern Egypt



  • Jubilee Palace (National Palace) - Seat of the President, former imperial palace








Dadiani Palace Zugdidi,Georgia


German has two contrasting words, parallel to French usage: Schloss which connotes a seat that is enclosed by walls, a fastness or keep, and Palast, a more conscious borrowing, with the usual connotations of splendour. In practice, the Schloss is more likely to be a royal or ducal palace or a noble manor house. Where the Schloss was built on the site of a former castle (Burg) it may still be translated as "castle". The former Holy Roman Empire, a congeries of independent territories, is filled with residences that were seats of government and had every right to be called "palaces". Even the Socialist government of the former East Germany met in the Palast der Republik (built in 1976).






Wiesbaden City Palace

Lower Saxony


North Rhine-Westphalia


Kurfürstliches Palais, Trier




  • The Manhyia Palace (Asantehene's Palace) - Seat of the Asantehene of Ashanti, Kumasi
  • The Flagstaff House (Presidential Palace)- Seat of Government until the late 1970s, Accra
  • The Christianborg (Osu Castle) - former Seat of the Government till December 2008, Accra
  • The Golden Jubilee Palace (Presidential Palace) formerly known as the "Flagstaff House" - Seat of Government since December 2008, Accra





Khas Mahal, Agra Fort, Agra
Hazarduari Palace was the residence of the Nawabs of Bengal and is now a museum.


Istana Merdeka, the President Official Residence in Jakarta.
Istana Bogor, the Presidential Palace in Bogor.
Istana Maimun or Maimun Palace, seat of Sultanate of Deli in Medan.
Istano Basa Pagaruyung or Pagaruyung Palace, seat of Kingdom of Pagaruyung, Tanah Datar Regency.
Puri Agung Klungkung or Klungkung Palace, seat of Kingdom of Klungkung in Klungkung Regency, Bali.
Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or Yogyakarta Royal Palace, seat of Sultanate of Yogyakarta in Yogyakarta.
Kraton Surakarta Hadiningrat or Surakarta Royal Palace, seat of Sunanate of Surakarta in Surakarta.

Presidential palaces

Royal palaces


Palaces and pavilions

The ruins of Apadana palace in Persepolis (built 2500 years ago during the reign of the Achaemenid Empire)
The ruins of Tachara palace in Persepolis (exclusive palace of Darius the Great, one of the interior palaces in Persepolis)

Castles and citadels



View of the gardens of Caserta
Ca' Rezzonico, Venice






View on Seimon Ishibashi and moat of Imperial Palace, Tokyo


Raghadan Palace, Amman. Royal Residence of the Hussein Family


Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul
Gyeongbok Palace and the Blue House, Seoul
Deoksu Palace, Seoul





The Grand Serail in Beirut in the late 1800s




Istana Besar (Grand Palace) in Johor Bahru
Istana Kenangan (Remembrance Palace) in Kuala Kangsar, Perak


Demolished palaces:


National Palace of Mexico
Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts


The Princely Palace of Monaco




The Netherlands

Soestdijk Palace

New Zealand

Mahinarangi meeting house

Apart from the large complex at Turangawaewae Marae located in the town of Ngaruawahia, the previous Māori Monarch Te Atairangikaahu had a home at Waahi Marae in Huntly where she lived for most of her 40-year reign with her consort Whatumoana Paki. The Māori King or Queen are required to attend 33 Poukai annually conducted at Marae loyal to the Kingitangi movement. Many of these Marae maintain residences for the Māori King or Queen for them to use during such visits.






Lopez Presidential Palace in Asunción, Paraguay



  • Coconut Palace
  • Malacañan Palace - the official residence of the President of the Philippines, Manila
  • Malacañan sa Sugbo - the Presidential residence in Cebu City
  • The Mansion, Baguio - the Presidential residence in Baguio
  • Palacio del Gobernador - historical official residence, now used as a government building
  • Archbishop's Palace - historical residence of the Arzobispo de Manila in Intramuros
  • Archbishop's Palace - current residence of the Arzobispo de Manila in Villa San Miguel, Mandaluyong City.
  • Archbishop's Palace - temporary residence of the Archbishop of Manila in the past, located in San Fernando, Pampanga
  • The Astana Putih or The Sultan's Palace - Original residence of the Sultan of Sulu located in Maimbung, Sulu.


Royal Palace, Warsaw
Krasinski Palace, Warsaw




Beira and Entre & Minho


Puerto Rico


  • Al Rayyan Palace
  • Al Wukair Palace
  • Markhiya Palace
  • Barzaan Palace
  • Doha Palace
  • Diwan Emiri Palace
  • al Bidda Palace
  • Umm Salal Palace
  • Al Wajba Palace
  • Al Gharafa Palace
  • Al Jassasiya Palace
  • Al Mirgab Palace
  • Al Waab Palace


Patriarchal Palace, Bucharest


Peterhof Palace
Catherine Palace
Gatchina Palace
Massandra Palace








Saint Petersburg





Royal Palace of the Obrenović dynasty of Serbia, presently housing the City Assembly of Belgrade



Sri Lanka

South Africa

see also: Castles of South Africa



The province of Scania in southernmost Sweden is well known for its many castles.


Palacio Real, Madrid
Palacio Real de Aranjuez
Olite palace
Palacio de San Telmo
La Granja Palace



Facade of the Azm Palace of Damascus


Presidential Office Building, Taipei
Taipei Guest House, Taipei
Shilin Official Residence
Sanamchan Palace, Nakhon Pathom
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, Ayutthaya Province



  • Royal Palace, Tonga-Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Tonga is located in the northwest of the capital, Nukuʻalofa, close to the Pacific Ocean.


Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul
Beylerbeyi Palace, İstanbul

In Turkish, a palace is a Saray.



United Kingdom



Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

United States of America



Government House, 2011


ʻIolani Palace, Honolulu

New Jersey

New Mexico

North Carolina


  • Pennsbury Manor- Home of William Penn as Proprietor of Pennsylvania from 1683-1701.

Puerto Rico


Bishop's Palace circa 1970
Inside of Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio, Texas


Washington, D.C.

Vatican City



List of non-residential palaces

Some large impressive buildings which were not meant to be residences, but are nonetheless called palaces, include:

Note, too, the French use of the word palais in such constructions as palais des congrès (convention centre) and palais de justice (courthouse).

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Galbraith, William; Canadian Parliamentary Review: Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1939 Royal Visit; Vol. 12, No. 3, 1989
  3. ^ Naqada palace
  4. ^ Photo of preserved parts of the palace
  5. ^ a b Photo of the palace remains
  6. ^ - Ramesses Nebweben
  7. ^ Palace of Apries, background information
  8. ^ Pharaoh Apries Wahibre
  9. ^ a b c Cleopatra palace
  10. ^ The Bahariya Oasis history
  11. ^ Old Cairo history
  12. ^ Palaces of Pasha
  13. ^ Fatimid palaces
  14. ^ Plan of the two Fatimid palaces
  15. ^ Part of the palace art
  16. ^ History of Cairo
  17. ^ The Mamluk Sultans
  18. ^ Plan of the Sultan al-Salih palace
  19. ^ a b Palaces of Pashas
  20. ^ Amir Alin Aq Palace
  21. ^ Reviving Cairo
  22. ^ Ruins of Palace
  23. ^ Photo of passage
  24. ^ The Madrasa-Mosque of Amir Khayerbak (1520-21)
  25. ^ Palace of Mangak as-Silahdar
  26. ^ Amir Qawsun Palace
  27. ^ a b c Bestak Palace museum
  28. ^ The Mameluke Amir Taz Palace history
  29. ^ Amir Taz Palace
  30. ^ Prince Tashtamur palace
  31. ^ Al Ghouri palace
  32. ^ Insert Al-Ghouri Palace
  33. ^ Bait al-Qady
  34. ^ Palace of al-Ashraf Qaytbay
  35. ^ Jamal al Din al Dhahabi House - Gamal al-Din al-Dhahabi
  36. ^ El-Aini Palace
  37. ^ Harawi residence
  38. ^ Historic houses in Cairo
  39. ^ Musafirkhana Palace
  40. ^ Musafirkhana Palace or Qasr el-Shook
  41. ^ Description of the Palace
  42. ^ Destruction of Musafirkhana Palace
  43. ^ Historic houses & palaces
  44. ^ Al-Sinnari House
  45. ^ Historic houses in Cairo
  46. ^ - Cultural Cairo
  47. ^
  48. ^ a b c d e f g h i Palaces on the nile
  49. ^ - The History of Zaafarama palace
  50. ^ GARDEN CITY : A Retrospective PART II, August 20, 1998
  51. ^ Egyptology news
  52. ^
  53. ^ Harem palace at Citadel
  54. ^ [3] & [4]
  55. ^ - Gezirah palace
  56. ^ - Sakakaini palace
  57. ^ Habib Sakakini Palace
  58. ^ Al-Ahram Weekly | A constructive streak
  59. ^ Egypt State Information Service
  60. ^ et - Full Story
  61. ^ - Koubbeh palace
  62. ^ - Tahra palace
  63. ^ Cultural Cairo
  64. ^ - The Belgians of Egypt
  65. ^ - Heliopolis Palace Hotel
  66. ^ Egypt State Information Service - Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil Museum
  67. ^
  68. ^ Desert research center
  69. ^
  70. ^ Spanish Governor's Palace at the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation
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