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 Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Completed in 1755, the Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family but is only used for state ceremonies. With an incredible 3,418 rooms, it is currently the largest functioning palace in Europe. It has a floor space of 135,000 sq m (1,453,000 sq ft).
Malbork Castle, Malbork, Poland
Originally built as a fortress by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, the Malbork Castle served as one of several Polish royal residences. Nowadays, the castle hosts exhibitions and a museum. With its floor area of 143,000 sq m (1,540,000 sq ft), it is the ninth largest palace in the world.
Forbidden City, Beijing, China
The Forbidden City was a Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the Qing dynasty (1420 to 1912). Located in the centre of Beijing, it served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government. It consists of 980 buildings and boasts a floor space of 150,000 sq m (1,615,000 sq ft).
Apostolic Palace, Vatican City, Vatican
Located in the Vatican City, the Apostolic Palace is the official residence of the Pope. The building contains the Papal Apartments, various offices of the Catholic Church and the Holy See, private and public chapels, Vatican Museums, and the Vatican Library. The total area of the palace is 162,000 sq m (1,744,000 sq ft).
Istana Nurul Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Completed in 1984 at the cost of US$ 1.5 billion, Istana Nurul Iman is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei and the seat of the Brunei government. Upon its completion, it was the largest residential palace in the world and the largest single-family residence ever built. It has a floor area of 200,000 sq m (2,153,000 sq ft).