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Old 09-14-2007, 04:58 PM
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Well, deqr members, this is as good as jewelry. My favorite, and no I cannot for the life of me post pictures on this busniess. computer brain dead am I. But I adore the Dutch palace and thousands of acres at Het Loo. And then there is the fabulous Palace of Drottingholm. If course if you really wanted spectabular exotica, after all every gentleman should have a bare minimum of three decent palaces, for Palace no. III I would choose the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet, having run out the Communists first. Cheers.

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Old 09-14-2007, 05:15 PM
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I would choose the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet, having run out the Communists first.
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Old 09-14-2007, 05:33 PM
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I first read about and saw photos of the Alhambra when I was about twelve. I couldn't believe that such a beautiful place is just exquisite. I love the Court of The Lions.
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Old 09-14-2007, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by dmarie1623 View Post
Does anyone know what palace is the largest? I would think Buckingham Palace, but I could be wrong.
Here is the winner Istana Nurul Iman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and few photos of it
Sultan's Palace - Istana Nurul Iman photo - Peter & Jackie Main photos at
Sultan of Brunei's Palace (Istana Nurul Iman Palace) -- Sightseeing with Google Satellite Maps_

Istana Nurul Iman: 2,152,782 square feet
The Royal Palace of Madrid: 1,453,122 square feet [4]
Buckingham Palace: 828,818 square feet (77,000 m²) [5]
The Palace of Versailles: 551,218 square feet (51,210 m²) [6]
Windsor Castle: 484,374 square feet (45,000 m²) [7]
Rashtrapati Bhavan: 200,000 square feet (20,000 m²)
The Biltmore Estate: 175,000 square feet (16,300 m²)
The White House: 55,000 square feet (5,100 m²)
Bill Gates' house: 50,000 square feet (5,000 m²)
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:05 PM
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I would have to say:
Sanssouci in Germany
Tullgarn in Sweden
Stromsholm Palace in Sweden
Upper Belevedere in Austria
Eremitage Palace
Darul AMan in Afganistan
Catherine Palace in Russia
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Old 09-14-2007, 08:17 PM
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Well, being an American I have to say The Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia. I love the bricks.
Now, when it comes to PALACES, real palaces where Royals have lived and dwelled, I think that it is impossible to narrow the list down to just one. Can't do it!
Blenheim Palace is impressive Blenheim Palace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
and has an interesting family history
Hampton Court is a former Royal Residence Hampton Court Palace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Harewood house is beautiful Harewood House - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
here's its website:
Harewood House Online: Welcome to Harewood

And, ANY Russian palace. It is impossible to choose. They're all amazing. I could spend hours looking through books and websites about them.

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Old 09-17-2007, 08:54 AM
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The most impressive castle is definitely Neuschwanstein!

The most impressive "palaces" are Schönbrunn (Austria), Versailles (France) and Buckingham Palace!

Schönbrunn has his wonderful fairytale aura around itself.

Versailles is so breathtaking... especially its' gardens.. it's a giant building and complex.

Buckingham Palace is a fantastic building! It's really impressing when you walk towards it. the red streets

The Royal Palace in Madrid looks like a huge and impressive palace, too.. I've never been there, but I would like to see it once.

I also have to say that the Palace in Oslo looks quite impressing; but in a very different way.
It doesn't have this typical Palace-look.. I like it because the architecture looks so different.

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Old 09-17-2007, 09:13 AM
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I have to say the most impressive palaces or castles belong in Spain! I wish I was in Spain to see all of these. The architectures are magnificent! Too bad the SRF stays in the Zarzuela Palace much smaller than the Palacio Real. Next in line would be the Russian palaces! When you see the pictures, you're being reminded of the Imperial family of Russia! they are really impressive!
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:30 AM
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Neuschwanstein, defenitely! It is just amazingly stunning especially in winter. It is a dream!
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Old 10-10-2007, 02:54 AM
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I love The Great Petehof Palace its really a beautiful piece of architecture, I also quite like the Royal Palace in Brussels, Drottingholm Palace in Sweden, Het Loo in the Netherlands, and The Royal Palace in Madrid
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:05 AM
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I thought Neuschwanstein was beautiful as well. So impressive within the surrounding areas. I also like Buckingham Palace. I would love to go on a tour of it one day.
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:13 AM
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I think that the Sultan of Brunei's palace is horrible. It looks like a modern government complex. In response to a question someone asked, the largest palace is the winter Palace in St Petersburg, which was the largest building in Europe until the Ceaucescus decided to build their large Pentagon inspired communist monstrosity just before their demise. I have seen several palaces and my favourites are not the largest. They are small jewels like Belvedere in Vienna or Lawzienki in Warsaw.
I can't imagine anyone having the taste today to build a palace that will be looked back on with fondness.
My favourite palace that does not exist anymore is the Grand Palace in Constantinople that was huge and considered the most luxurious place in the world in 1000 AD
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Old 10-14-2007, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Lady Jennifer View Post
I thought Neuschwanstein was beautiful as well. So impressive within the surrounding areas. I also like Buckingham Palace. I would love to go on a tour of it one day.

I concur.

As gaudy as Neuschwanstein may be in some eyes, I love that place. Another palace that would top my list: Buckingham as well as Sans Souci.

The palace in Brussels is also impressive. There is an elegant simplicity about it (though it is slightly over the top in some areas), similar to the palace in Oslo (very Greco-Roman in the spirit of the 19th century Romanticism). One need only to look at the Empire Room, at the palace in Brussels, to know what I am talking about.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:45 PM
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Madrid Royal Palace, is wonderful.
In summer in it´s gardens there are concerts and every citizens can go for the show.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:36 AM
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I'd have to go with Windsor Castle as my favorite, I think it's the most royal looking of Her Majesty's Residences. But I also like the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Balmoral and the Imperial Palace in Japan.
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:29 AM
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They are too huge for me, though I really appreciate some of them's beauty.

If I had to select one : The Alhambra of Granada but WITH THE CENTRAL HEATING because I was there once in September and it was freeeeezing !!!! :stuart:
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:41 PM
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I think Windsor Castle is the most impressive of the British Royal residencies, but I guess it would be a bit draughty in places!
(I think the approach/surroundings are a very important consideration for nominating a favourite as well as the building itself)
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:45 AM
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We just released a Picture-of-the-month-Poll where you can vote for your favourite Royal residence.
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:43 AM
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For me the wonderful, and somewhat underrated, castle of Fontainebleau, the former summer residence of all french heads of state from 1137 to 1896.

Palace of Fontainebleau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by dmarie1623 View Post
I've seen pictures of various palaces, I secretly wish I owned one, anyway they all look stunning to me. They seem to have a romantic ambience about them. What is your favorite palace and why?
The most impressive palace is Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Istana Nurul Iman.

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