. Rundale Palace – Latvia
1 China Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna 1 City Palace-jaipur 1 Germany 7 Mysore Palace 1 Neuschwanstein Palace – Bavaria 1 Palace of Versailles – France 1 Palacio Real – Madrid 1 Pena National Palace in Portugal 1 Potala Palace – Tibet Autonomous Region 1 russia 17 Spain 5 Winter Palace – St. Petersburg 1
1. Rundale Palace – Latvia
This royal palace was build by the Dukes of Courland in 18 18th Century. It is the most beautiful and splendid architecture treasures and also one of the most popular tourist attraction of Latvia. The Supreme Soviet of Latvian SSR decided to restore Rundāle Palace. In 1972, Rundāle Palace Museum was established. Total restoration costs from 1972 until 2014 are estimated to be 8,420,495 euros. It is also used for the accommodation of notable guests, such as the leaders of foreign nations. The palace and the surrounding gardens are now a museum.
2. Winter Palace – St. Petersburg, Russia
The Winter Palace was built between 1754 and 1762 for Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. On 30 October 1917, the palace was declared to be part of the Hermitage public. Many visitors also know it as the main building of the Hermitage Museum. The green-and-white three-storey palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture and boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public museums. Today, as part of one of the world’s most famous museums, the palace attracts an annual 3.5 million visitors.
3. Palacio Real – Madrid, Spain
Madrid’s Royal Palace was built in the 18th century by order of Philip V on the site of the old Alcázar fortress, a former Moorish castle. Sachetti began the works in 1738, and the building was completed in 1764. The palace has 135,000 square metres (1,450,000 sq ft) of floorspace and contains 3,418 rooms.It is the largest royal palace in Europe by floor area.The wedding banquet of Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz took place on 22 May 2004 in the central courtyard of the Palace.
4. Pena National Palace in Portugal
Built in 1842 by King Ferdinand II, the Pena National Palace in Portugal is the oldest European castle in the Romanticism style. The palace was constructed on the ruins of a monastery severely damaged in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. Today, with it original colors of red and yellow restored, the Pena National Palace is one of Portugal’s most visited monuments.
5. Mysore Palace
Mysore palace is located in the heart of Mysore city. The palace was commissioned in 1897 after the old palace was destroyed in a fire during a wedding, and its construction was completed in 1912. During the Dushera festival the palace is illuminated with more than 10,000 bulbs, offering a magnificent sight. Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, after the Taj Mahal, and has more than 6 million visitors annually.
6. Potala Palace – Tibet Autonomous Region, China
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site.The 5th Dalai Lama started its construction in 1645.
7. Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna, Austria
The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
8. City Palace-jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur, which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, is a palace complex in Jaipur, the capital of the Rajasthan state, India. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence,
9. Palace of Versailles – France
First built by Louis XIII in 1624 as a hunting lodge of brick and stone, Louis XIV, expanded the site into one of the largest palaces in the world, and from 1682, used it to control France by absolute rule. The Palace of Versailles remained the official residence of the Kings of France until October 1789 when the royal family was forced to return to Paris during the French Revolution.
10. Neuschwanstein Palace – Bavaria, Germany
The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.In the 1990s, a Canadian company Wrebbit produced a three dimensional jigsaw puzzle representing Neuschwanstein Castle. The puzzle is still available in 2016.