The 26 Greatest Palaces in The World

Rome, Italy’s capital city, is one of the world’s most recognizable places, known for its rich history, ancient architecture, and dynamic culture. The city is home to a plethora of world-renowned tourist sites, attracting millions of visitors each year from all over the world.

The Colosseum, a vast amphitheater dating back to the Roman Empire, is one of Rome’s most renowned tourist sites. This famous edifice was constructed between 70 and 80 AD and is regarded as one of the finest architectural marvels of its period. Guided tours allow visitors to explore the remains and learn about the history of the Colosseum.

The Vatican City, which is where St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are located, is another must-see destination in Rome. The capital of the Catholic Church and the smallest autonomous state in the world is known as Vatican City. These historic sites provide visitors with the chance to awe at the artwork and architecture and learn more about their significance through guided tours.

1. Mohatta Palace, Karachi, Pakistan

The origin of the term “Palace” can be traced back to the Latin word “Palatium,” which refers to the Palatine Hill in Rome, one of the seven hills of the city. A palace typically refers to a magnificent residence, often the home of royalty or a head of state, as well as other high-ranking dignitaries like bishops or archbishops. In some parts of Europe, the term may also be used to describe large urban buildings constructed as private mansions for aristocrats. While some of the most remarkable and historic palaces have been converted for different uses, such as parliaments, museums, hotels, or office buildings, this article showcases a collection of 26 of the greatest palaces found worldwide.

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2. King’s Palace Thailand

The King’s Palace, also known as the Grand Palace, is a must-see attraction in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the official residence of the King of Thailand and covers an area of over 200,000 square meters. The palace complex is a stunning example of traditional Thai architecture, with intricate details and beautiful golden embellishments.

Greatest Palaces king's Palace Thailand

3. The Palace of Justice, Romania

The Palace of Justice, located in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, is a historic building that serves as the main courthouse for the city. Completed in 1895, the palace was designed by architect Albert Ballu in a neo-Renaissance style, with decorative elements that include intricate carvings and a central dome.

Greatest palaces The Palace of Justice

photo credit: ScorpionEntity

4. Crystal Palace, London, England

Crystal Palace was originally a cast-iron and glass structure built in Hyde Park, London in 1851 to house the Great Exhibition, showcasing works from around the world. Later on, it was relocated to south London and became an attraction for visitors until it was destroyed by fire in 1936.

photo credit: ~Kalvinism

5. Palace of Versailles, France

The Palace of Versailles is a grand 17th-century palace located just outside Paris, France. It was originally built as a hunting lodge for Louis XIII, but was expanded by his son, Louis XIV, into a grand palace. The Palace of Versailles became the center of political power in France during the reign of Louis XIV and is known for its opulent design, including the famous Hall of Mirrors. The palace also features stunning gardens, including the Grand Canal, fountains, and beautiful landscaping. Today, the Palace of Versailles is a popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

photo credit: ~McCathabee

6. Royal Palace Thailand

photo credit: ~Ronepal

7. Bucaco Palace, Portugal

photo credit: SoulEnslaver

8. Palace of Gold, United States

photo credit: TimLaSure

9. Buckingham Palace, London

photo credit: ~justplayxtragic

10. Peter’s Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

photo credit: ~KoenigseggBG

11. Belvedere Palace, Vienna

photo credit: ~meObserver

12. Mysore Palace, India

photo credit: ~msingh07

13. Mini Sintra National Palace, Portugal

photo credit: ~jpgmn

15. Sultan Qabous palace, Muscat

photo credit: ~Desire-Flame

16. People’s Palace Glasgow, Scotland

photo credit: ~Oldmerlin

17. Palace of Queluz, Portugal

photo credit: ~Dead-Hat

18. China Forbidden City Palace

photo credit: ~jpadfx

19. Blue Palace, Greece

20. Taj Mahal, India

photo credit: Francisco Martins

21. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

photo credit: Giorgos~

22. Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France

24. Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

25. Kensington Palace, London, England

26. Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

27. Summer Palace, Beijing, China

28. Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

See also: World’s Top 10 Unique Structures

Finally, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain are two of Rome’s most renowned tourist sites. The Spanish Steps are a lovely staircase that leads up to the Trinità dei Monti cathedral, while the Trevi Fountain is a famous landmark with a large fountain surrounded by exquisite sculptures. By tossing a coin into the fountain, visitors can make a wish for good luck and a safe return to Rome.

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    Actually, there is a mistake photo number 3 – The Palace of Justice, Malaysia. That palace of justice is actually in Bucharest, Romania. The building was inaugurated in 1895, and the architect was Albert Ballu, who also made the plans for “Palais de Justice” in Paris.

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    Thank you so much for visit and correction. We have changed the location of Palace of Justice.
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    #2 & #6 are part of the same complex in Thailand.

  7. Neil Avatar

    The Taj Mahal is not a palace but rather a mausoleum …

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    I’ve got quite an interest in palaces and I didn’t know about the Blue Palace in Greece. Nice pics as well.

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    Double counting – why does Versailles appear twice?

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    @ Neil, Mahal means palace or a great building in Hindi and Sanskrit.. So, yea Taj Mahal is actually a palace!

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    Not sure if it matters, but #4 “The Crystal Palace” is actually in Madrid, Spain; at the Buen Retiro Park. The confusion might arise from it being inspired by a Crystal Palace in London which burned down in 1936.

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    probably the poster has never been to Italy

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    Number 28 is a picture of the Admiralty in St Petersburg, not the Winter Palace. It is across the square from the palace.

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    The 28 palace isnt Winter Palace

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