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Palatul Mogooaia
Mogoșoaia Palace
#About the Mogoșoaia Palace

About 10 kilometers northwest of Bucharest is the Mogoșoaia Palace (Palatul Mogoșoaia). It was built between 1698 - 1702 in the Romanian Renaissance style by the Prince of Wallachia, Constantin Brâncoveanu. The purpose of the palace was a summer home for his family, however in 1714 the prince and his 4 sons were murdered in Istanbul, and the palace changed ownership.

During World War I the palace was bombed, and this is when the palace began being used as a place to bury Romanian nobility. It was hidden by German Communists, and almost all the furniture inside was stolen, and disappeared.

In 1957 the palace was transferred to governmental ownership, and today it is a museum. The palace is surrounded by a wall, and around are nice gardens. The architecture of the structures is impressive, and the art gallery located here is equally as impressive.


A Closer Look at the Palace and the Gardens:

https://youtu.be/wx8JhLOavqQ
Wilanw Palace
Wilanów Palace
#About the Luxurious Royal Palace

Wilanów Palace is one of the must-see sites, especially for palace enthusiasts. There are no words, it is truly one of the most beautiful places in Warsaw. Maybe that's why it's considered the local Versailles Palace. Though this is a much smaller palace than Versailles, it is still very impressive and full of grandeur. After all, Wilanów Palace was the King of Poland's summer palace.

The Palace was originally built for the King John III Sobieski, who saved Poland from the Turkish in the 16th century. The building was built between the 17th century, and finished around the 19th century. It was used as a summer palace for the King. After the King's death, the palace was inherited by his sons, and later to a Royal family.

At the beginning of the 19th century, it was the first museum in Poland and displayed artifacts from Italy. Until today there is a collection of Italian items, hunting gear, photos, art pieces, original paintings, furniture, clothing, and more.

Notice the wide gardens around the palace, the traditional Baroque parts, and an English park with Japanese influences. Beyond the park are a lake, a maze, and a few decorative buildings. You are welcome to wander around, and you can rent boats and float around the lake.


#Tips

On Thursdays entrance into the palace and gardens are free. Anyways, try getting here at least half an hour before opening, get tickets in the yellow stall in front of the entrance, and stand in the line to enter the palace.

Entrance into the palace begins at 3:30 pm.



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/f7Mc04XQMPs



A Closer Look at the Palace:

https://youtu.be/q4WIfEB-TmQ
Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
#About the Palace of the King of Thailand

Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, or the Grand Palace, was built in 1782 by King Rama I. This is an impressive complex in the fancy and luxurious kingly style. It is considered the most important attraction in Bangkok, and one of the most popular in all of Thailand.

In the past, many of Thailand's kings have lived here. Today it is one of the most important and popular sites in Thailand, but not king lives here. The Thai royal palace is used only for ceremonies and it is not open for visitors. The king and his family live in the Chitlada Palace, in north Bangkok, which is also not open for visitors.



#What Will You See at the Palace?

The palace has a few beautiful and impressive buildings. After entering the palace there is the royal armory museum, which displays and categorizes the history of weapons in Thailand's history.

From here continue to the temple area, and see the Emerald Temple, where the Emerald Buddha is displayed, and the most important temple in all of Thailand. Guidol offers a guide for the Emerald Buddha, view the link below.

After the amazing Emerald Temple keep walking towards the palace itself. Pay attention that once walking to the castle, there is not returning to the Emerald Temple.

In the complex you will see the royal mausoleum of the royal family, and a small replica of the massive Wat Arun, which the Thai built in Cambodia.

In the complex is also Dusit Audience Hall, the perfect example of royal architecture. This is an impressive building, placed on a marble platform in the shape of a cross.



#Tips

There is a paid audio tour of the palace, and also guided tours in English at 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:00 pm.

Because of the religious importance of this location, they are very strict about modest dress. They check at the entrance, and there are no sandals or revealing dress allowed.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ffBO2isyk1A?t=1m43s



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/O9c0s86vG2k



One More Look:

https://youtu.be/HuhEYcxy26M
Vimanmek Mansion
Vimanmek Mansion
#About the Palace Made Entirely of Wood

Vimanmet Mansion is considered the largest building in the world made of only Golden Teak. It is located behind the National Legislature, has 81 rooms, theaters, and bedrooms. You can visit the mansion with a guided tour.

Today there is a museum dedicated for King Rama, may he rest in peace, and displays many of his belongings. You can be impressed from glass containers, ancient furniture, grand pianos, the first Thai menu, porcelain figurines left from the king's years, next to old photos from his days and many beautiful and authentic items.

In the buildings near the golden mansion are museums with different art pieces, surrounded by a beautiful garden, relaxing and well taken care of with many benches and sitting areas.

Without a doubt, the museum is the most impressive museum between the museums at the mansion, is the Abhisek Dusit Hall. Especially interesting to see here the collection of handmade pieces from around Thailand. Notice the Thai style of decorating, with the abundance of Arabs, Spanish, and Victorian influence.




#Tips

Every day at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, near the mansion in the Dusit garden, a traditional Thai dance.

The Mansion's museum is open daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (On Sundays and Mondays the museum is open until 4:30 pm).

Like all the royal palaces, modest dress is required here.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/GHXqA0TpQS0

Palaces

Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace
#About the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

The existence of the Japanese Empire today is no small matter. Japan's local culture has preserved one of its ancient symbols of power to this day. What can represent this success better than the existence of the Imperial Palace?

The Emperor's Palace is a palace surrounded by gardens located in the heart of Tokyo, the capital. Today it serves as the official residence of the Emperor of Japan, where the official ceremonies of the Emperor, which since World War II is a representative role in the country, are held. By the way, the Emperor of Japan, who lives in the palace today, is the only monarch in the world, who still holds the title of "emperor." This is a relatively new palace built in 1968 after the former palace was destroyed in World War II. The emperor lives with his family in a vast area surrounded by protective trenches and green groves. In the palace itself, ceremonies are held to welcome new ambassadors, and here the emperor meets leaders of other countries visiting Tokyo.

The palace of the emperor of Japan is surrounded by a protective canal and by gardens or parks, which constitute the largest green lung in Tokyo. Its size is even more impressive when you consider how dense this town is and the cost of every meter built.

The entrance to the palace and some of the surrounding gardens is forbidden, as they serve the imperial family of Japan. Some of these charming gardens are open to the general public. The Nijubashi Bridge is especially famous, also known as the "double bridge" which stands at the entrance to the Imperial Palace.

In spring and especially in April, many of the city's residents and visitors come here to enjoy the spectacular cherry blossoms.



#About the Palace

The Emperor's Palace is actually a well-protected castle surrounded by protective trenches and guard towers, along with thick forests.

The palace is a green lung in the heart of Tokyo, with a total of 3,410 square kilometers. There's a garden of hundreds of Dwarf Bonsai trees, which vary from hundreds of years old and up to 600 years old.

The palace opens to visitors twice a year - on the emperor's birthday, which takes place on December 23 and January 2, on New Year's Day. On the other days, visitors can visit only the eastern garden of the palace, where they can enter the museum showing the imperial collections.

The palace employs about 1,000 service personnel and artists, including cooks, groomsmen, court musicians, palace fishermen, gardeners who take care of the famous bonsai trees of Japan and the Royal Guards, among them the exchange of guards at its gate.



#The History of the Palace

The palace in front of you sits on the ruins of a palace constructed in the 17th century. In the past, the castle served as the fort of the house of Tokugawa Shogunate and was called The Edo Castle. In 1869 Emperor Meiji of Kyoto moved to the Edo Castle (the original name of Tokyo) and since then it has been called the Castle Palace.

During World War II, the palace was destroyed by Allied bombings and in 1948 another palace was erected in the palace gardens of the Shogun, in the area that is now the eastern garden of the palace. The new palace (the present one) was built in 1968. Despite its modernist style, it also has architectural elements from the ancient Japanese tradition and architecture.



#Tips

The entrance to the eastern gardens in the palace of the Emperor is free. The public parks are Kitanomaru Park, the Kokyo Gaien Gardens and the Kokyo Higashi Guoen.

Go to a restaurant on the 36th floor of the nearby Marunouchi Tower and look out over a breathtaking view that includes the palace, the royal gardens and the magnificent view around them.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/z1kf4yXfrUk



The Wonderful Gardens Around the Palace:

https://youtu.be/m3R7MC3aeUM



The Guard Change at the Palace Entrance:

https://youtu.be/UnHuFOh1nk8
Topkapi Muzesi Sarayi
Topkapi Palace
#About the Sultan's Palace, As it Appears in the Arabian Nights

Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Muzesi Sarayi) is a large and impressive palace, that between the 15th to 19th centuries served as a residence for the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It is located in the Sultanahmet district of the Old Town, on the European side of Istanbul. It is one of the most fascinating palaces in the world.

At its peak, some 5,000 people lived and worked in the wonderful Topkapi palace. Its name means "palace of the cannon gate," because the gate with the same name that faces the Bosphorus is located next to the palace.

For 400 years the palace served as the official palace of the Ottoman sultans. The magnificent palace is adorned with wonderful tiles and beautiful mosaics, laden with rich gold ornaments, precious gems and exquisite diamonds.

In the 19th century it was also the administrative center of the entire Ottoman Empire. The various buildings were designed to serve the needs of the empire and those of the Sultan and his family.

The popular part of Topkapi is the Harlem. This is the "palace" where the family lived. This building is 300 rooms and the one that stands highest. This is the region where the Sultan lived, alongside his wives and mistresses. "Haram" in Turkish means "forbidden," since the area was forbidden to enter for anyone who was not the Sultan and his family. By the way, what the Sultan did here, we will not say, but whoever ruled the harem was... his mother!

Today, the Topkapi Palace houses a monarchy museum, showing the sultans' treasures, weapons and a host of precious objects left behind. There are also great museums, such as the archaeological museum with ancient artifacts from Istanbul and the city of Constantinople, the Byzantine capital that preceded it.



#What Do you See Here?

Inside the palace you will see an extensive park, a number of courtyards and various buildings, some of which are contemporary museums. There is also a church from the Byzantine period.

Inside the Topkapi Palace, you can see a host of interesting things, from the magnificent collection of royal jewels, through diamond-encrusted crowns, a host of precious stones, fancy costumes, ancient sultanate weapons, a canopy and diamond chairs.

Take note of the huge palace kitchen, where 20,000 meals were prepared each day for the residents and guests of the palace. Pay attention to the Chinese china, the belief here was that in the case of poisoned food - their color will change.

See the "Diwan" in which the Imperial Council was convened, the one with whom the Sultan consulted on his decision-making and the administration of the mighty Ottoman Empire.

In addition, you will also see a large Ottoman-style library, an impressive banquet hall and more. From the windows of the huge palace you can see the Sea of Marmara and the city.

After seeing the vast collection of dishes in the palace, with more than 15,000 Chinese porcelains, look for the karatishki diamond weighing 86 carats!

From the balcony of the palace you can look, just like the sultans in the past, to the Bosphorus, the ancient city walls, the 1300-year-old walls, and the houses of the surrounding Old Town.

There are four main courtyards in the palace, including a variety of buildings, which were then intended to serve the needs of the empire, the 4,000 inhabitants of the palace and the Sultan family:

The first courtyard includes an extensive park with the local ticket office. On the left is the church of Aya Irini, preserved here from the Byzantine period. The entrance gate to the museum is also the gate that separates this courtyard from the second courtyard.

The second courtyard includes the palace kitchens and the china and glass display. Next to them are the entrance to the women's harem and the Imperial Council Hall.

The third courtyard - the library, the treasury of the famous diamond, the costume hall, the reception room and the hall of the sacred remains.

The fourth courtyard - the Baghdad House, the prayer room, the doctor's house and an expensive restaurant, with a magnificent view.



#History of the Palace

Topkapi Palace was built in the 15th century by Sultan Mehmet II. It was then used as the administrative center of the strong Ottoman Empire.

The palace, which is actually a large complex, with 4 main courtyards and several buildings, was designed and developed to be a "city within a city." It continued to serve as the Sultan of Turkey, expanded, burned, restored and abandoned when the Sultan moved to the Palace of the Dolmabachs in the 19th century, which he built for himself as a more modern and fashionable European palace.

In the 20th century, the palace became a historical museum, displaying various aspects of life in the Ottoman Empire, with an emphasis on its sultanate and nobility. The museum exhibits Ottoman royal jewelry, along with archaeological artifacts and ancient treasures. There is also Pavillion, the most sacred pavilion for Muslims, showing the remains of the Prophet Muhammad, his teeth and hair, as well as the remains of some of the caliphs that accompanied him and continued him.



#Tips

A ticket for a guided tour of the "Hermon", home to 600 Sultan's wives, concubines, princes and other members of the Sultan's family, must be purchased separately.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/6sQ1bkyR6ao



#Visit to the Palace:

https://youtu.be/J3Ki7ZV0aYM



#The Jewelry Museum:

https://youtu.be/_xhCSfE72a0



#Training:

https://youtu.be/0zvyMapOP5c



https://youtu.be/G4mTOJt12Ic
Palatul Parlamentului
Palace of Parliament
#About the Pompous Palace of Ceaușescu

The Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) is the largest palace in the world, after the Pentagon in the United States. This is no coincidence. The palace is a symbol for the known extravagance of the dictator and Communist Party leader Nicolae Ceaușescu. He did not live to see the end of the construction, since he was executed during the revolution before the building was completed.

After the revolution and his death, the democratic Romanian government decided to keep the impressive building, instead of paying the large amount for its destruction.

The palace is located in the center of Bucharest, and has no less than 16 floors, 1,100 rooms, and 4 underground levels, as well as a bunker.

The construction broke 3 world records. This was the second largest administrative building ever built in history, the most expensive, and the heaviest. Inside you will see a wide variety of decorations and furniture, who hold an entire history in themselves.


#About the History of the Palace

The building was built in 1984, and was originally planned to be the new police headquarters. 20,000 workers, and 700 architects worked on this building, under the management of architect Anca Petrescu, who was only 28 when he designed the palace. The palace is made from 8 palaces, and you can see here hundreds of offices, event halls and conference rooms. For its construction 7,000 houses were demolished.

The construction was completed in 1997, and cost 3 billion euros. 20,000 workers were involved in the construction. This palace tells the pride-filled story of Ceaușescu, with his photo scattered around everywhere in the large palace. He spent a lot of the resources that he withheld from the people, and spent them on golden decorations, tiles, marble, velvet curtains, and huge crystal chandeliers.

Today the building holds the Romanian Parliament, and is an International Conference Center.

Not many know this, but under the palace there are many surprises. Tunnels and escape routes from the city, a huge bunker, ammunition room, and secret rooms - all these were discovered and filmed by the TV after the Romanian revolution. The media does not provide evidence, and even tour guides refrain from talking about this.



#Tips

Bring your passport with you when going to tour the palace, you will not be able to enter without it.

The Palace offers an organized tour of about 50 minutes, this might be a good idea considering the size of the building.


A Closer Look at the House of Parliament:

https://youtu.be/bPUjzfj3OZE
Palazzo Reale
Royal Palace of Milan
#The Royal Palace of Milan

On the left side of the Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, is the Royal Palace of Milan (Palazzo Reale). This is a magnificent palace where you can see many impressive pieces of art. If in the past the sons of nobles and kings sat here, today the Royal Palace is mainly a museum and a temple for modern art.

The Royal Palace has an area for some of the most important art exhibits and luxurious events in the city. The most impressive part of the palace is on the second floor. On this floor of the palace is the Civic Museum of Contemporary Art (Civico Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, CIMAC). It features 20th-century artworks. Among them, one can find paintings and sculptures made by famous artists such as Picasso and the Swiss painter Paul Klee. The exhibit also includes fascinating collections of art from artistic trends such as Surrealism and Futurism.

The palace is surrounded by spacious and well-tended gardens, where it is fun to spend a little while in peace.



#Tips

From the courtyard of the Royal Palace one can view a beautiful and unfamiliar angle of Milan. Here visitors can see the profile of the Duomo, the city's Central Cathedral and the most central location of the city.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/guKdrFkX0rM


Schloss Charlottenburg
Palace of Charlottenburg
#About the Big Palace in Berlin

One of the most important Baroque buildings to survive in Berlin is also the biggest palace among 9 palaces in Berlin, the Palace of Charlottenburg (Schloss Charlottenburg). In its past Berlin was once the capital of the Prussian Empire. The palace is actually one of the most incredible remains of that time.

It was built between 1695 and 1699. Prince Frederick I gave the order to build it for his wife Sophie Charlotte. Following the death of the queen in 1705 the king decided to name the palace after her, Charlottenburg. In the following years it became the king’s summer housing.

In 1740, King Frederick II ascended the throne and lived in the palace for some time.

In 1952, a monument by Andreas Schlöter was placed here, with the prince riding his horse in the garden entrance to the palace.

Today visitors can view the permanent exhibit for Baroque furniture, ceramics, and other displays about the lifestyle of Prussia in the 17th and 18th centuries.



#The Palace’s History

The amazing palace was built between 1695-1699. Though the design was created by the court architect Johann Arnold Nering, the actual building was overlooked by Martin Grunberg after Nering’s death.

The palace has managed to maintain its ancient vibes, however throughout the years many architects have made changes to it.

Between the years 1702-1713 a Swedish architect Eusander von Gette added a building, a chapel and a greenhouse for oranges. In 1711 a statue was erected for the the goddess of fortune, Portuna, on the central roof.

In 1740, during Frederick II's stay in the palace, the royal architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff added the ‘new wing,’ continuing the main building from its eastern side.

In the year 1790 an addition was made to the "orange greenhouses" - the "Little Oranges," and in the years that followed a theater was also added, the Belvedere in the Palace Park, a Mausoleum and a Schinkel pavilion.

In World War II the palace was destroyed. Restoration and reconstruction of the rooms were based on photographs taken from before the war.



#About the Palace Gardens

In the 17th century, a long time before the outbreak of the war, Simone Gudu planned the palace gardens in the formal French style. He was greatly influenced by the French architect Andre La Notre. In 1788 the tea house was added to the garden. In 1810 the mausoleum was built for Queen Louise, and in 1825 the Neapolitan villa was built.

During the air raids of World War II, and during the Battle over Berlin, the palace gardens were almost completely burned.

The palace gardens were only partially reconstructed. Those who were restored remained in the formal French style, as they were in the 17th century, and the parts that were far from the palace were restored, but in English style. Today the palace gardens are used by the residents and the entrance to them is free.



#Tips

Children enter the palace for free.

Entrance to the gardens is free to the general public.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0qNj2pa_Kc
Palace and Gardens of Versailles
#The History of the Palace

In the city of Versailles, which is located 25 km south-west of Paris, stand the Palace and Gardens of Versailles (Palace de Versailles), astounding relics of the royal times. If you thought to yourself, why would the kings of Paris want to distance themselves from the Parisian masses? The answer is that the transfer of the official royal residence from the Louvre Palace in Paris to the Versailles region was a calculated political move by Louis the 14th. The entire French aristocracy lived in Paris, and the palace in Versailles forced the nobles who wanted to approach the king and the government, to reach him, all the way in Versailles. To leave their businesses, their home and live in the kings house. King Louis basically wanted to move the place of power from Paris to Versailles.

Louis the 14th decided that he wanted to distance himself a little from crowded Paris and find himself a place outside the city. A few years prior, in 1624, a hunting hut was built for his father Louis the 13th in Versailles. Louis the 14th decided to hire an architect that would transform the hunting hut into a luxurious palace. The architect was Louis Le Vaux, who managed the Palace for 7 years through the manpower of thousands of workers who constructed the castle and gardens. In 1682, King Louis the 14th moved to the castle, a few years before it was completely finished.

However, the king did not settle only for his own move, he also invited the aristocrats and court officials to accompany him on his way to Versailles and gave them plots around the castle for free. Every aristocrat and court official had to follow two conditions: 1. They had to pay an annual tax to the king. 2. They could not leave their plot empty, and had to build a house on it according to plans prepared by the king's architect. The construction created a wonderfully planned city - built symmetrically and harmoniously. And of course, the rooftops of the new houses should not rise beyond the central height of the palace...



#The Abandoning of Versailles Palace

During the French Revolution, an angry mob from Paris attacked the Palace of Versailles and forced the royal family to leave and return to Paris. Thus began the mass abandonment of the city. The magnificent palace, many of whose furniture and decorations were destroyed or stolen, was abandoned and deserted. In 1837, King Louis Philippe saved the lousy palace, as he turned it into a national museum dedicated to "the glory of France."



#What is so Special about the Palace of Versailles?

The Palace of Versailles was the most luxurious palace, built by the French King Louis the 14th. He probably had big needs, considering that this palace, which is one kilometer long, has 700 rooms!

The palace showed all of Europe the power of the king and it was so fancy that all the European royal houses imitated the look of it. This did not prevent any king of the French line from adding another part to the palace, including an entire village built for Queen Marie Antoinette, to enjoy the country's rural quietness.

Life at the Palace of Versailles included ceremonies, the changing of clothes, and feasts. The king's nobles would come to the palace for a long time and most of it was devoted to fun, parties, banquets, concerts and sexual debauchery. Signs of this flamboyant lifestyle can be seen in the magnificent and ornate palace illustrating the lavish approach of the French kings in the 17th and 18th centuries. The palace is the clearest symbol of the gap between the magnificence and wealth of the monarchy in the face of the depression and poverty of the lower class. The fact that this luxurious palace is located outside of Paris symbolizes the detachment of the monarchy at the time and ultimately brought about the French Revolution.

The compound includes the main palace, the Trianon palaces, the Marie Antoinette mansion and beautiful gardens. The gardens feature stylish balconies, cut-out beds in classic French style, sculptures, fountains and a large canal where gondolas and boats sail.

Many important historic event were held in the Palace of Versailles such as the peace agreement at the end of World War I, an agreement called "The Treaty of Versailles." As revenge, Hitler insisted, during the World War II to return to the Palace, and sign a new agreement declaring the surrender of France to Nazi Germany.



#The Gardens of Versailles

French King Louis the 14th wanted in his most decorated palace beautiful gardens. The architect Andre La Notre, the most important landscape architect of France was hired for the job. Thousands of workers, gardeners and builders worked to create the extraordinary garden. Vast amounts of dirt and plants were brought for the job from all over Europe. That's how the Gardens of Versailles were designed in the 17th century and they became the most beautiful gardens in Europe.

The gardens founded on the east side of palace, spread over 8,000 acres of land. They contain an impressive combination of flower designs, plants cut in interesting shapes and sculptures, water canals, trees, pools with ornamental fish, magical water fountains, hundreds of art sculptures and more.

About 200,000 trees are planted in the Gardens of Versailles, with 210,000 flowers being planted annually. In the entrance of the garden you can rent a golf cart or buy tickets for a small train that take you around the garden. In order to see all the gardens and the more distant castles (the great Trianon, the small house and Marie Antoinette's village house) you must walk a very long distance, so there are also transportation solutions for those who desire. To whoever decides to walk in the gardens, you will occasionally find coffee and ice creams stands.

Naturally, during the winter the gardens do not bloom as much - many of the sculptures are covered by the rain, there are almost no flowers and the whole place has an atmosphere of renovation and maintenance. You can still enjoy the palaces and the special winter atmosphere, but of course the experience is not perfect.

Today, the Versailles Gardens are among the most famous gardens in the world. They are also popular tourist destinations in France and are considered a must-visit site for millions of tourists who visit France each year.



#The Palace of Versailles for Tourists

The Palace of Versailles is one of the most luxurious and beautiful places, and visiting in is a unique experience. It consists of four main sections: the main building, which is a classic structure with many elegant sides, two separate palaces and the fourth part, contains spacious gardens designed by a special garden architect - it is spectacular, with water fountains, ponds, meadows, trees, flowers, everything is green and astonishing.

In the summer, there are extremely long line in the entrance to the palace, after visiting several rooms, you will be stunned by the amount of wealth displayed. Try not to miss the stunning "Hall of Mirrors" where the famous Versailles Treaty was signed in 1919 and the separate bedrooms of the King and Queen.

At the entrance to the palace take a map, because it is huge and includes a wide variety of buildings.



#Versailles Stories

If you take a guided tour in the palace, you will be told by the guides interesting stories. One of them is the story about the King's waking ceremony. Every morning the dignitaries of the court were invited to watch the king wake from his sleep. The room would fill with people, sometimes up to 100, and everyone would stand waiting for his eyes to open. If the king had not woken up by himself, one of his servants would wake him up as all the people around him watch his yawning, stretching, bathing and dressing. It was a prestigious ceremony to be invited to was considered a tremendous privilege to invitees.



#The Treaty of Versailles

Sometimes when you want peace, you might get war. This historic lesson was taught by the World War II. This war, which would soon be the biggest and most deadly war in the history of mankind, broke out partially because of the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty that did not bring peace.

The Treaty of Versailles, which was signed in the palace you are standing in right now, in the impressive Hall of Mirrors, was a treaty that was signed after the world war I, by the three sides that fought in it. It was no coincidence that this place was chosen, since this was the place where the coronation of the united German emperor took place in 1871.

The Treaty of Versailles laid the blame of "The Big War." World War I, on Germany and its allies. The treaty declared that responsibility for "all losses caused to the Allies and their friends, in the wake of the war imposed on them by the attack of Germany and its allies.”

Among the clauses of the treaty were huge compensation payments to the enemies of Germany, the transfer of many factories and territories from Germany to the victorious countries, the limitation of the strength of the German army, the dismantling of fortifications and the prohibition on building new ones, the destruction of weapons and submarines, and more.

The Treaty of Versailles and its harsh clauses against Germany are considered to be the most significant elements in the rise of the Nazis to power in Germany and later in the outbreak of World War II. One of the reasons was the chaos in Germany caused by the German economic collapse as a result of the heavy compensation payments Germany was required to pay. The improved fighting tactics developed by the German army due to the restrictions imposed on it by the agreement and the release of many of the worse officers in favor of the best officers who remained. But first and foremost, the feeling of humiliation that the Germans felt, caused them to believe that the people in the Nazi party will restore the honor lost in Versailles.

#Tips
If you want to wander in the gardens, try coming here on days that are not so hot. There is not a lot of shade, and usually long lines for the tours on the miniature train.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETmC3jkDAwY&t=25s
Danube Palace
#About the Prestigious Palace that Has Become a Concert Hall

The Danube Palace (Duna Palota) was built in 1895 in the Baroque style, used today as a concert hall and as a theater for folk shows.

Throughout the years the structure has undergone many changes, and in 1941 received its current look.

Even before that, the palace was used by the royals of the district, that arrived to see expensive shows of great artists, who were invited to perform at the palace regularly. Almost every famous artist of those times, performed here at least ones.

The palace is placed between the Basilica and the Suspension Bridge.



A Concert Inside the Palace:

https://youtu.be/wOrRb7YZyvY
Kiralyi Palota
#About the Royal Palace of Hungary

The Royal Palace, Kiralyi Palota (Királyi Palota), on the Citadel Hill is a large and magnificent palace, which has been destroyed five times throughout history. It has caves, ancient streets and palaces, all part of the Old Town Buda and the complex of its old castle.

In recent years, the ceremony of changing the guard (Sandor Palota), which the Hungarians began to hold at the entrance to the presidential residence, became a kind of tourist attraction. The ceremonies can be seen every hour on the western entrance to the palace.

The palace was built in the 13th century and has since undergone periods of many renovations and innovations, the destruction of foreign armies and wars and many political changes.

Today the palace hosts two of Hungary's most important museums - the National Gallery (Galeria Nemzeti), which presents some of the country's most beautiful collections of art and displays Hungarian art at its best, from the Middle Ages to the present.

More in the Palace is the Museum of the History of Budapest, where you can learn about the city's twisting and changing history.

The Hungarian National Library is also located in the palace.


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/6YSmQ_QH70s



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/MZ9w-nbSk9w
Buckingham Palace
#The Palace of the British Monarchy

The royal palace is the most famous palace in London. It is the main residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Buckingham Palace is one of the symbols of the British monarchy, along with Victoria Square, just around the corner.

The palace was originally built in 1703 for the first Duke of Buckingham, John Sheffield. In 1762 it was purchased by King George III, who expanded and enlarged it. In 1826 King George IV hired John Nash to transform the building into a magnificent palace. In 1837 it became the main palace of the British royal family and Queen Victoria moved in.

The eastern front which you must be facing now, was added after the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert. In 1847 another wing designed by Edward Blur was added to the palace. He created the courtyard with its familiar square shape in the middle of the palace. Once completed, the palace contained 19 guest rooms, 52 royal bedrooms, 188 bedrooms for servants, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. The exterior wall of the palace underwent further renovation and a monument was built for Queen Victoria in 1912.

Like many UK buildings, Buckingham Palace was also hit during the Blitz during World War II.



#Tourism

Though the palace hosted well-known artists and celebrities (from government officials to famous composers) in its early years, the palace was not open to the general public. This was due to the fire in Windsor Castle in 1992. After the fire the Queen had to pay for its renovation. She agreed to allow visitors to visit the Buckingham Palace for a fee in order to finance the necessary renovations.

Since it opened to the public in 1993, the palace attracts crowds of visitors. Please note that only 18 of the 600 rooms in the palace are open to the public, so you can only imagine the true size of the palace. Only 100 out of a collection of 7,000 oil paintings in the Queen's possession are presented to the public. It is of-course known, that this is only one of the Queen’s residences..

It is important to note, that when the royal flag is raised, it is a sign that the queen is in the palace. On the days when the queen is in the palace, it will be closed to visitors, but you can still admire it from the outside.



#Changing of the Guard

Many visitors like to wait for the changing of the guard ceremony at the eastern front of the palace. The guards are soldiers belonging to military units subject to the royal family. They wear traditional military uniforms, which are remarkable and no longer used by the British army. The soldiers begin a half-hour march, accompanied by a military band from St James' Palace to Buckingham Palace. The march is impressive, majestic and elegant. After the new group of guards arrives at the entrance to the palace, the exchange itself takes place, in which they salute each other. At the end of the switch, the new group takes its place at the entrance to the palace and the old group makes their way back to St. James' Palace. If you want to ensure a good spot for observation, you should arrive at least an hour before the ceremony and occupy a place as desired.


#Tips

The ceremony is free to watch, be sure to come early to get a good spot to watch!

The changing of the guard is at 11:00 am daily, and 10:00 am on Sundays.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/18Z7BC6rEIg


A 360-Degree View:

https://youtu.be/FtGN2wK9g_s


Changing of the Guard:

https://youtu.be/p8Y8rhLirRw
Schönbrunn Palace
#About the Schönbrunn Palace

The Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Vienna and Austria. About 3 million visitors visit it each year, tour the magnificent palace rooms and enjoy walking and relaxating in its landscaped gardens.

The Schönbrunn Palace complex includes not only the enormous palace, but also magnificent gardens, giant greenhouses and a zoo. There is no doubt that this place, with its impressive architecture, unique interior design and diverse artworks, has a central place in Austrian history.
The Schönbrunn Palace was built in Rococo style, during several generations of the Hapsburg Empire family, between the late 17th and mid-18th centuries. The palace has about 1,400 rooms, 40 of which are currently open to the general public.

In 1830 Emperor Franz Joseph, who was to rule the Austro-Hungarian Empire for the rest of his life, was born here. He lived in the palace with his wife, the Empress Cissi, the most beautiful queen in Europe and a beloved figure of the Austrian people. By the way, she did not sleep much in the palace. This is due to problems in the marriage of the imperial couple. The beautiful Cissi was murdered in 1898 by an assassin. The emperor himself continued to live in the palace until his death, in 1916. In fact, it was the end of the glorious Habsburg dynasty of centuries.

The park surrounding the palace was the hunting grounds of the royal family. In general, the prevailing opinion in the Baroque period was that the outer areas should complete the design of the palace. And that is how the palace's landscaped gardens were built. The fountains, arranged with flowers and small trees - all symbolize the Baroque period.

After the death of Emperor Franz Josef, in 1916, the palace became the property of the new Republic of Austria.

You will definitely enjoy an entire day in the complex, as it offers all kinds of activities for all ages and all kinds of interests - water pools, greenhouses, carriages museum, playground facilities and a bakery. One of the main attractions is a huge maze for both children and adults. In the summer months you can catch a ride on the tourist train surrounding the palace and gardens.



#Tips

It is worthwhile to dedicate at least 4 hours for a visit here, and if possible - half a day.

It is highly recommended to book tickets in advance and save time by not standing in line.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/EbPJr8ujQdo



From Outside:

https://youtu.be/rN3JSK_hvqU?t=4m10s&end=5m19s



From Inside:

https://youtu.be/OIiXru8r5fA
Hofburg
#About the Hofburg Palace

The palace of the Habsburg Emperors is located among huge palaces in the heart of the Old City. This palace was the center of power of the Habsburg Empire for centuries. The first part of the complex was a castle that stood here in the 13th century. Each of the Austrian kings added another layer to the site, in order to improve and make the complex more glamorous. Finally, the beautiful Royal Museum was created, in front of which you stand - each of which has a different style.

A glimpse of the imperial apartments is a bit like time traveling to the daily life of the palace of the rulers of the empire in previous centuries. Thus, by visiting the palace you can learn about the daily life of the aristocratic families. There are quite a few interesting attractions to visit - the impressive royal jewelry collection, the royal apartments where Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Queen Elizabeth lived, including the imperial toilet of Emperor Franz Joseph, and the Cissi Museum - the museum showing Queen Elizabeth's personal items, the silverware of the palace.

The ancient parts of the palace are in the area surrounding the Swiss courtyard, which leads to the imperial treasury. Today the National Library is here, as well as the collection of instruments, a collection of weapons, the imperial luxury apartments, and the museum of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. An ethnographic museum is here displaying items from the entire world, especially interesting is the crown of Montezuma of the Aztecs, and items brought by Captain Cook during his travels.

When the Habsburg dynasty grew, the Hofburg Palace was enlarged and a grand residential complex was erected. Each step in the extensions and each new building was built in the preferred style of construction. This is why the palace complex can be found in almost any architectural style, from the Gothic style to the Baroque style to the Art Nouveau of the early 20th century.

Read on your own about the Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys Choir performs, every Sunday mass, and the Spanish Riding School, which dates back to the 16th century and sits in another ancient part of the palace.



#Tips

Parents; during weekends and holidays there are tours held in the palace for children ages 6-11, where they measure royal clothes and learn how the emperors of the pas lived.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/n-a0fFGz-oE?t=16s
Belvedere Palace
#About Vienna's Magnificent Palace

The complex contains two Baroque palaces, one used in the 18th century as a residence and the other as a ballroom. The palace belonged to Prince Eugen of they Savo House, a French military man, a man of literature and art. This is probably the explanation for why he lived in the most impressive Baroque buildings in Vienna.

Among the inhabitants of the palace, was also Franz Ferdinand von Österreich, the prince whose assassination led to the outbreak of the First World War. He lived here for 20 years.

Between the two palaces facing each other you can see the flower garden, fountains and green paths that will lead you to other interesting points in the complex. The park has more than 4,000 types of flowers, shrubs and trees.

Located on a hill, the Upper Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere) now houses an amazing art gallery featuring works by Austrian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. You will find realistic, impressionistic, classical works and more. On the second floor of the museum there are branches of various fields: classicism, romanticism and biedermeier. You can see the impressive works of Monet and Renoir, Gustav Klimt (with his important work "The Kiss") and Egon Schiele.

Inside the Lower Belvedere you will find the Baroque Museum with a collection from the Middle Ages. Here you can take guided tours of each of the palaces and learn about the history of Vienna, the rich culture and art. Pay attention to the richness and splendor inside them.

Between the palace and the Church of Karl and Nash Market you will see the fountain that has already become one of the symbols of this place. It stands exactly where the city's first water pipeline was completed in 1873. It also has impressing lighting that makes viewing it particularly experiential. Near the fountain you will see the Red Army Monument that relates to the event of the liberation of the city from the Nazi regime. On the monument you will see the names of soldiers who perished, and quotes from Stalin. At the top of the monument is a statue of a soldier holding a flag, a shield and a submachine gun.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/H3ZQOjvuReM


The Gardens:

https://youtu.be/Svm5SQHFM_g
Fulham Palace
#About the Palace

Palaces can be found all over London which served local nobles and kings. What you may not know, however, is that not all the palaces in London were for royal families. Some of them were used by the church, which is one of the richest and strongest forces in Europe. Fulham Palace is such a palace. Built in the 11th century, it was one of the official residences of the city's bishop. The bishop was one of the most influential roles in London at that time. In 1975, the building was transferred to the church, which to this day remains its official owner.

Fulham Palace is an impressive, one-thousand-year-old palace. The impressive residents and rich history are well commemorated in the museum opened there. Ancient artifacts and explanations about ancient London can be found throughout the museum. In the palace you will also find an art gallery with works by the best artists in London and Europe.
A canal surrounds the building dating all the way back to the 11th century. You can also pay a visit to the magnificent botanical garden, and the blossoming bishop's park in the heart of the palace.

Entrance to the palace is free of charge.


Old Royal Palace
#About the Palace of Kings

The Old Royal Palace (Starý Královský Palác), established in the 9th century, was used by the kings of Bohemia, who did not stop renovating it to suit them. This is why, if you examine it carefully, you will find that it contains a variety of architectural styles - Romanesque style, early Gothic style and late Classical construction.

The magnificent and impressive Valdislav Hall was built in the 16th century and is best known for its vaulted ceiling. The entire hall was built in Gothic style. During the cold winter days of the Middle Ages, spear fights were fought here.

The governor's room, actually connected to the door with the hall, was the place where the Thirty Years War began in 1618. The reason was the "second throwing from the window" - the pushing of two members of the Catholic Council through the window to the canal below.

Today the hall is used for special parliamentary sessions where Czech presidents are elected.

At the far end of the hall, you'll see the Chapel of All Saints. It was designed by Petr Parléř, after the fire of 1541 destroyed many of the fortress buildings. The chapel was rebuilt in the Renaissance style and boasts a number of examples of 17th century German paintings.

On the second floor added to the hall is the archive of the palace (once the royal archives) where Czech documents of historical significance are kept.

Most parts of the palace are open to tourists, and you will find the National Gallery, a collection of Baroque artworks, an exhibition dedicated to Czech history, a Prague Castle photo gallery and more. Every hour there is an exchange of guards. At 12:00 pm, the exchange includes all the guards in a full lineup accompanied by an orchestra and trumpet.



A View of the Palace from the Inside:

https://youtu.be/y75acxmv_OA
Royal Palace of Amsterdam
#About the Palace

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam stands at the center of Dam Square, and is the residents of the Dutch royal family. The palace was built between 1648–1655 and was first used as the municipality building of Amsterdam. The truth is that to this day the queen of the Netherlands can be found in this palace, who visits often from her seat in the capital Hague. But today most of its use is for royal events of the state, Queen's Day celebrations and state receptions. The palace also has various art exhibitions.

The palace was built in the 17th century in the neo-classical style, it almost doesn't look decorated and fancy enough to be a palace. But do not let the exterior look of the building deceive you. The grandeur and luxury inside of the palace will make up more than enough for the first impression. There are many rooms, designed in wealth and splendor, decorated with marble statues, reliefs, frescoes on the walls and ceilings and many varied art pieces.

In the palace are a few interesting rooms. One of these rooms is the Marble Jury Room. In this room judges used to sit and decide whether to convict the defendants who had been sentenced to death. The death sentence was carried out at the front of the building. In this room you will see figures of women that symbolize those who are subject to punishment, while above the location of the judges are reliefs dealing with stories from the Bible, on matters of justice, law and wisdom.

Notice the long conference on the second floor. The room is used as a hall for the municipality and it is very impressive with its beauty. On the marble floor the world map is drawn, and on the decorated ceiling are expensive relics and statues.

In order to enter the palace you have to be registered for an organized tour. On Sunday and Tuesday afternoons free tours are offered for the public.




#History of the Palace

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam) was designed by architect Jacob van Kempen in 1662 as a city building whose purpose was to reflect the importance of the city and the prosperity of the period. The new building was decided to be built in the center of the city, in Dam Square. The construction of the building took seven years and the total cost amounted to 8.3 million Dutch guilders.

The modest facade of the palace did not prevent Louis Bonaparte, the brother of Napoleon, the ruler of France, from wanting the building for himself. But what is the connection between him and the Netherlands, you ask? Well, Napoleon's brother ruled the Netherlands and he loved the palace, mainly because of the park and the tremendous impression it makes when you enter it. Bonaparte turned the building into the official royal palace of the Netherlands, and upon the end of his reign the building was restored to the city. The cost of building maintenance, which was too expensive, caused the government to rent it to Prince William to serve as an official residence.

In 1935 the state again bought the palace and renovated it. To this day it is considered an official palace, although it is not used for the Queen's residence but only for official events and royal ceremonies.

Between 2005 and 2009 the palace underwent a major renovation and opened many parts to the public as a museum and tourist attraction.
Church of Our Lady of Loreto
#About the Temple that is a Palace, that is a Church

The Church of Our Lady of Loreto in Prague (Pražská Loreta) in Loreta Square is actually a palace from the 17th century, built in the Baroque style. It has an extremely impressive exterior, with a varied statue collection. A tombstone that was donated by the Bohemian aristocrat Catherine Lubkovich in 1626, made it a pilgrimage point for the inhabitants of Prague and the area, and for many of the religious inhabitants of Bohemia.

In the inner courtyard there are beautiful arches and in its center stands a replica, an exact copy of the Santa Casa - the home of the Virgin Mary of Nazareth. Legend has it that three angels carried the house from Israel to the Loreta in Italy, and this is how the city was saved from the sinners. In the religious fervor that engulfed Bohemians and Catholics in general, after the victory of the Catholics in the 30-year war, about 50 such Santa Casas were built throughout Europe.

On the church walls are incredible paintings that are intertwined with the shape of the wall itself, and besides paintings, in the treasure room you will see a breathtaking collection of jewelry, gemstones, and diamonds.

The church is located in the Hradčany district in Prague, so you can complete a visit here with a few other interesting sites. Pay attention! It is forbidden to take photos at the church, unless you agree to pay a donation.



A Closer Look at the Church:

https://youtu.be/X2Xx-V5SGDo


The Ringing Bells:

https://youtu.be/rKnJU-6a6do
Quirinale
#The Quirinale Palace

You have reached the official residence of the President of Italy. The palace is located on Palazzo del Quirinale atop the highest hill in Rome. Built in 1573 by Pope Gregory XIII, it served as a summer palace for the Popes. Ceremonies took place here, especially those known as “Conclaves.” the election ceremonies of a new pope in the Catholic Church.

In 1870, when the Papal State was conquered, it became the official residence of the kings of Italy. Although they didn’t actually live there, the royal offices were located in the palace. With the abolition of the monarchy in 1948, the palace became the residence of the President.

On Sundays you can enter the palace and see the frescoes of the Baroque artist Pietro da Cortona in one of the palace galleries.

The place is guarded by soldiers. There is a Change of the Guard ceremony at 4:00 pm, where the soldiers march to the sound of a military band.



#The Quirinale Museum

The gallery Scuderie del Quirinale was built at Quirinale Square, beside the Quirinale Palace. This complex contains two floors where the works of great and world-renowned artists are displayed. In contrast to other museums and galleries, the exhibits here are planned three years in advance, ensuring their quality. Impressive events are held here as well.

One of the most spectacular displays which stood here was the 2006 of Antonello Da Messina. Another was the Spring retrospective, which covered the works of Giovanni Bellini.



#Piazza del Quirinale

The square where these buildings are located is called the Piazza del Quirinale. Another palace at the square is Palazzo della Consulta, home to the Supreme Court of the Italian Republic.

At the corner of the piazza is an exhibition space, Scuderie del Quirinale.

A large fountain from the 19th century stands at the palazzo. It depicts the twins from the thousands of horses from the Greek mythology - Castor and Pollux. At the center of the fountain is an obelisk brought here from the tomb of Augustus.



#Tips

It is worth going with the children to the Change of the Guard ceremony at the President's Palace. It takes place daily at 3:00 pm. It was a little early to get there, to get a good spot for observation.
Barberini Palace
Le Palais-Royal
Chaillot Palace
Windsor Castle
Dolmabahce Palace


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