The act of determining the world´s largest palaces is difficult as many countries use different standards to claim their palaces are the largest. In fact, even the definition of palace itself is quite ambiguous. Some sources claim a palace must have once been intended for use as a royal residence, while another frequently used definition says a palace is the official residence of a sovereign, chief of state (as a monarch or a president), archbishop or bishop. However, despite these controversies, there is a commonly accepted rank of the world´s largest palaces and you can check it out in this post. From the Royal Palace of Brussels to the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, here are 25 Largest Palaces In The World.
Royal Palace of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Situated in front of the Brussels Park in the center of the Belgium´s capital, the Royal Palace of Brussels is the official seat of the King and Queen of Belgium. Designed in Neoclassical architectural style, the palace has a floor space of over 33,000 sq m (355,500 sq ft).
Mafra National Palace, Mafra, Portugal
The Mafra National Palace is a monumental Baroque and Italianized Neoclassical palace-monastery located in Mafra, Portugal. Classified as a national monument in 1910, the palace occupies a floor area of almost 40,000 sq m (430,000 sq ft).
Grand Serail, Beirut, Lebanon
Also known as the Government Palace, Grand Serail is the headquarters of the Prime Minister of Lebanon. Built in 1853, it is an important historic building and a stunning example of the Ottoman architecture. The palace has a floor space of 40,000 sq m (430,000 sq ft).
Hampton Court Palace, Richmond Upon Thames, UK
One of the most important palaces in the UK, the Hampton Court Palace contains 1,000 rooms, grounds comprising 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of royal parkland. Originally built as a royal palace, it is now open to the public. The Hampton Court Palace boasts a floor area of 47,330 sq m (510,000 sq ft).
Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
The seat of the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court, the Christiansborg Palace has more than 800 year-long history as the state’s centre of power as royal palace and parliament. Completed in 1928, the palace occupies 51,660 sq m (556,000 sq ft).