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TOP-7 most luxurious royal residences

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TOP-7 most luxurious royal residences

Royal residences are what tourists are always interested in. In the royal chambers, you can tell a lot about the character and preferences of the monarchs who lived here, about the history and peculiarities of the country. Let's talk about the 7 most luxurious royal residences in the world!

The Forbidden City, or Gugun

Googun is the largest royal complex in the world. Built in the 15th century in the center of the capital. Chinese rulers lived here in winter until the beginning of the 20th century: the entire walls of the residence were seen by 24 rulers. Visually, the buildings are similar to European ones, only with a Chinese flavor - curved roofs and golden tiles. For a long time, the entrance to the territory was prohibited: people only guessed what was hiding behind the fence. The Chinese believed that there are 9999 rooms in the building - 9 is a sacred number for the people. In fact, there are 8707 premises in Gugun, spread over 720,000 sq.m.

Teak Palace in Bangkok

The structure was built on Sichang Island in 1900, but just a year later it was dismantled and transported to Bangkok. The building was revolutionary: it is the first building in Thailand with electricity, shower, elevator and autonomous generator. The palace is open to tourists - 30 out of 80 rooms.

Sultan of Brunei Palace

A palace that could serve as an illustration for an oriental tale of a rich life! It was built in 1984 at the junction of Islamic and Malay cultures. The sultan permanently resides in the palace, therefore you can get there once a year - for 3 days at the end of Ramadan, and before visiting you will be asked to undergo a medical examination. Inside are located:

  • 1778 rooms
  • State and throne rooms
  • 18 elevators
  • 51,000 lighting fixtures
  • Banquet hall for 4,000 people
  • Stable for 200 horses
  • 257 bathrooms
  • 5 swimming pools.

The inside of the building is finished with marble, window and door handles, ventilation grilles, buttons and accessories are made of gold.

Buckingham Palace

The simple and unremarkable home of the Duke of Buckingham was transformed into an impressive palace in 1762. Since 1847, the building has been the official residence of British monarchs. Every year at the end of July, the Queen leaves home for 2 months to give tourists the opportunity to get to know:

  • 775 rooms
  • 19 state rooms
  • 52 bedrooms
  • 188 bedroom staff
  • 92 offices
  • 78 bathrooms.

Do not be alarmed if Queen Elizabeth II comes out to you in the White Drawing Room through a secret door - this is her favorite joke.

Palace of Versailles

The palace, built in the suburbs of Paris under the leadership of King Louis XIV, until 1830 was the residence of the French monarchs who periodically (until the French Revolution) transferred its function to the Louvre. In 1830, the Palace of Versailles became a museum, where you can visit:

  • 700 rooms with 2000 windows
  • 67 stairways
  • A park with an area of 900 hectares.

The palace amazed the whole world with its grandeur and luxury. In 1785, more than 80 kilograms of gold were obtained from only one bedroom of Louis XIV, burned by the monarch himself!

Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid is an analogue of the Versailles Palace, ordered by the grandson of Louis XIV, who dreamed of the same palace as his grandfather. The interior was decorated with details brought from all over the country: paintings by eminent artists, crystal and silver chandeliers, Flemish tapestries, porcelain, ancient weapons, antique furniture. Inside the palace there are 3418 rooms, 50 of which are open to the public.

Residence in Stockholm

The area of the Royal Palace of Stockholm is 28 750 sq.m. The palace was built on the second attempt: the first version of the palace burned down in a fire in 1967, nearly taking the lives of the king and his family. The reconstruction began already 3 weeks after the fire and lasted 26 years. In total, the palace has 608 rooms open to the public. The current king of Sweden, Carl Gustav XVI, lives in one of them.

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