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The word Palace is derived from the Latin name Palatium, for Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills in Rome. A palace is a grand residence, especially a royal residence or the home of a head of state or some other high-ranking dignitary, such as a bishop or archbishop. In many parts of Europe, the term is also applied to relatively large urban buildings built as the private mansions of the aristocracy. Here is a collection of top 10 palaces around the world.

10. Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian monarchs. Located between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square. The storming of the palace in 1917 became an iconic symbol of the Russian Revolution.



09. Summer Palace, Beijing, China

Summer Palace, Beijing, China

The Summer Palace ("Gardens of Nurtured Harmony") is a palace in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water.



08. Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in modern Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna.



07. Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara.



06. Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

Imperial Palace, Tokyo,  Japan

Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda area of Tokyo close to Tokyo Station and contains several buildings. The total area including the gardens is 3.41 square kilometres.



05. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

Lake Palace (formerly known as Jag Niwas) is a luxury hotel, of 83 rooms and suites featuring white marble walls, located on a natural foundation of 4 acres rock on the Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola,Udaipur, India.



04. Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Dolmabahce Palace located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire.



03. Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France

Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France

The Palace of Versailles  or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. In French it is the Château de Versailles.



02. Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis.



01. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Blenheim Palace is a monumental stately home situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. It is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough. The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1724. UNESCO recognised the palace as a World Heritage Site in 1987.