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Old November 26th, 2006, 08:47 PM   #41
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QUIRINAL PALACE,ROME (QUIRINALE)

The palace,was built in 1573 by Pope Gregory XIII as a papal summer residence. It was also used as the location for many papal conclaves.
It served as a papal residence and housed the central offices responsible for the civil government of the Papal States until 1870. In September, 1870, what was left of the Papal States was overthrown. About five months later, in 1871, Rome became the capital of the new Kingdom of Italy.The monarchy was abolished in 1946 and the Palace became the official residence and workplace for the Presidents of the Italian Republic.
The fašade was designed by Domenico Fontana. Its 'Great Chapel' was designed by Carlo Maderno. It contains frescos by Guido Reni, but the most famous fresco is the Blessing Christ by Melozzo da Forlý, placed over the stairs. Its grounds include a famous set of gardens.



































Coffee house in the gardens


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Old November 26th, 2006, 09:21 PM   #42
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ROYAL PALACE OF MONZA,MILAN (VILLA REALE),ITALY

XVIII century.






















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Old November 27th, 2006, 06:30 AM   #43
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Ekaterine Palace:
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Old November 27th, 2006, 07:13 AM   #44
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Well..since this is 'palaces' around the world...

I believe this is the only 'true' palace (as in having been a royal residency) in the United States. Iolani Palace Honolulu:
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"A Hawaiian national treasure and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States, `Iolani Palace was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs -- King Kalakaua, who built the Palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili`uokalani. During the monarchy period, the Palace was the center of social and political activity in the Kingdom of Hawaiii."
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in the middle of the picture(dwarfed by the surrounding buildings of downtown Honolulu):


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Old November 27th, 2006, 07:30 AM   #45
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Impressive !
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Old November 27th, 2006, 01:35 PM   #46
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VILLA BELGIOJOSO,MILAN,ITALY(1790)
















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Old November 28th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #47
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Considering palaces thar royalty has used... Whe have one in Mexico.

Chapultepec Castle

The Chapultepec Castle was home of emperors Charlotte and Maximilian of Habsbourg from the Austrian royal family. (Maximilian was brother of Francis Joseph, emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire).

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These avenue (Reforma) was build by orders of emperor Maximilian, so he could watch when the emperatrice arrived after a promenade at downtown palaces. He also wanted to be as similar as possible of Champs ElysÚes avenue.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 08:20 PM   #48
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All European? I put some CHinese...

Forbidden City...








the Potala Palace


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Old November 29th, 2006, 08:24 PM   #49
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Old November 29th, 2006, 08:46 PM   #50
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I would love to visit all the palaces in the world.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 09:12 PM   #51
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Wow the Potala Palace looks amazing!!!
Visited the Forbidden City once, it's very interesting and very different form all the European castles and palaces I've visited.

Neuschwanstein though is still my favorite, reminds me of fairytales:

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Old November 30th, 2006, 02:54 AM   #52
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Chapulyepec Castle it is so awesome it looks like a european palace
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Old November 30th, 2006, 03:49 AM   #53
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Malacanang Palace

- Presidential Palace
- Once the Spanish governor-general's summer residence, it became his permanent residence in 1863, after the Palacio Real in Intramuros (walled city of Manila) was destroyed by an earthquake.


The original Palace as viewed across the river (this is an old photo, the palace was expanded during the Marcos years)



Another old photo of the palace. During the Marcos years, it was expanded at the front and in both the left and right sides.



This is how it now looks after the expansion as viewed from across the river. Gone are the beautiful arches!



One of the palace buildings inside the palace compound. This building below is connected to the original palace building which is just beside it.



One of the many entrances to the palace.





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Old December 8th, 2006, 10:11 PM   #54
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Old December 9th, 2006, 05:07 AM   #55
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The Castillo de Chapultepec is so awesome and cool
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Old December 9th, 2006, 08:51 PM   #56
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The New Summer Palace in beijing is huge- no less than 150 buildings for you to visit, but a shadow of its former self. Destroyed twice by Western troops to 'help China see sense' in the Opium Wars and each time rebuilt at vast cost, then destroyed one last time to make China pay for its Boxer Uprising in 1900. Todays construction is only partial of the vast complex before, bigger than the current Forbidden City.

The Old Summer Palace, the biggest palace ever built

^The 1850s first saw the destruction of the Old Summer Palace, Yuanmingyuan by those Western troops, the over-ornate opulence of the European style Old Summer Palace, what was once known as the Chinese Versailles. Five years later the New summer Palace followed the same fate, then once more in 1900 after the Boxer Uprising was suppressed.



Yuanmingyuan had the largest gardens ever created -the Garden of Perfect Brightness a vast complex of 200 artificially created valleys, each containing a stream and Chinese style palace within.

all that remains. It took 3,500 troops three days to burn the place to the ground:



The Chinese govt is arguing whether to rebuild or to keep the evocative ruins as a lesson to history... most people agree its the latter that makes more of an impact.


The mile long Labyrinth

What was worse than the architectural loss was the artistic opulence the palaces were famed for, filled with treasures from China, India and Europe and said to be greater than the Forbidden City's treasures.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 03:52 AM   #57
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life is so busy and stressful .......after all the craziness ya just want to return to your childhood with all these fairytale castles.

the world is beautiful
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^ Indeed.

In the end, the world is beautiful after all with all these palaces and castles
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I am here to revive this thread
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