Whether it’s a king, queen, emperor, sultan or a president, every country has its head of state. And every head of state has its official residence. Often, the Head of state residences are an important part of the country´s history and culture, possibly serving as the seat of the country´s top representatives for centuries. While there are many head of state residences that are famous all over the world, there might be even more of those that are – often totally undeservedly – not so well known. To see where some of the world´s most significant politicians live or work, check out these 25 most impressive head of state residences.
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Stockholm Palace, Sweden
Completed in 1760, the Stockholm Palace is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish King. Situated in Stockholm, the Sweden´s capital, the palace is 230 meters (750 feet) long and 125 meters (410 feet) wide, which makes it one of the largest official residences in the world. Owned by the Swedish State through the National Property Board of Sweden, the palace has over 1,400 rooms.
Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Netherlands
With a total floor area of over 22,000 square meters (almost 240,000 square feet), the Royal Palace of Amsterdam is just one of three palaces that serve as the seat of the Netherland´s monarch. Built in 1665, the palace was originally intended to be a city hall but later became a royal palace. Situated on the west side of Dam Square in the center of the city, the palace is open to the public.
Presidential Office Building, Taiwan
Although located in Taipei, which is the capital of Taiwan, the Presidential Office Building houses the Office of the President of China. Completed in 1919, the building was designed by Japanese architect Uheiji Nagano during the period of the Japanese rule over Taiwan. The 130 meter-wide (almost 430 feet) facade of the palace faces east since Japanese architects often oriented important structures towards the rising sun.
Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain
Built on the site of a 9th-century fortress, the Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. However, it is only used for state ceremonies since King Felipe VI and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace. Instead, their residence lies in the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela. With a total floor area of 135,000 square meters (1,450,000 sq mi), the Royal Palace of Madrid is the largest palace in Europe by floor area.
Casa Rosada, Argentina
Translated as “The Pink House”, Casa Rosada is the residence and office of the President of Argentina. Also housing a museum, which contains objects relating to former presidents of Argentina, Casa Rosada is one of the most iconic and popular sites in Buenos Aires. Completed in 1898, the construction has also been declared a National Historic Monument of Argentina.