Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn, Austria

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The Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn is outstanding as one of the most impressive and well preserved Baroque ensembles of its kind in Europe. Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi. The palace was build to rival French Versailles in Baroque beauty and importance. Emperor Franz Joseph, who was born here in 1830, spent the last years of his life entirely in Schönbrunn. In 1918, the palace became the property of the new republic.

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Kensington Palace – Home of George Alexander Louis

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Kate Middleton, Prince William new baby will grow up in residence in a private wing of Kensington Palace. Royal officials say Britain’s new prince has been named George Alexander Louis. Palace officials said Wednesday that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Kensington Palace is a royal palace overlooking the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens. It has been a royal residence since the 17th century. Currently, the palace is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Other residents include Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Duke and Duchess of Kent and Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Areas of Kensington Palace are open to the public. Visitors can walk through the King’s State Apartments, the Queen’s State Apartments and the Gardens. There are also exhibitions plus a shop and The Orangery cafe.

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Palace of Fontainebleau – One of the Largest French Royal Chateaux

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Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial château With over 1500 rooms at the heart of 130 acres of parkland and gardens, It is located 55 kilometres from the centre of Paris. The château houses a superb collection of paintings, stucco motives, carved wood and furniture. Many visitors come here for horseback riding and hiking, and it’s a perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. if you have a Paris Museum Pass, you can get into the monument for free. A visit to the Large Apartments is €6.50 for adults. This includes the Renaissance Rooms, the Sovereign’s State Apartments, and Napoléon’s Imperial Apartment.

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Peterhof – The Russian Versailles

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Peterhof is an amazing symbol of Peter the Great and Russian baroque garden inspired by Versailles and designed by a pupil of Le Notre. Peterhof is comprised of several different areas and buildings including the Grand Peterhof Palace, the Upper Gardens, the Lower Gardens, along with several pavilions and museums. Fountains are a major attraction of the parks of Petrodvorets (former Peterhof). They render festive splendour and brilliance to the whole of the Peterhof ensemble, a unique monument to the victory in the Northern War which turned Russia into a strong maritime power.

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Topkapi Palace – Istanbul Sightseeing Tour

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The largest and oldest palace in the world also called the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans until the reign of Abdulmecid I (1839-1860), a period of nearly four centuries. The palace complex has hundreds of rooms, chambers and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn.

Opening hours:
09:00 am – till 05:00 pm (17:00)
closed Tuesday

Admission fee
adults: TL20
straight to the Harem (additional TL15 admission fee)

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Tour of China Culture – Potala Palace, Tibet

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Potala Palace is a sacred place in the minds of Tibetans, as well as the symbol of Lhasa. It was built in the seventh century and it has already had a long history of over 1300 years. The temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000 square meters, making it one of the largest in China. Comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, was built on the Red Mountain in the center of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700 meters. The Potala Palace has 1000 chambers. The white places was for secular use. It contained living quarters, offices, the seminary and the printing house. The red Palace’s function was religious. The Potala Palace has always been the political center of Tibet since the fifth Dalai Lama.

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Palace of the Arts Looks like Space Ship

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Queen Sofía Palace of the Arts is an opera house and cultural centre in Valencia, Spain. It was designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. It opened on 8 October 2005 and becoming a symbol of the cityscape of Valencia. The main building is designed with the dual intention of acting as a multi-hall auditorium and creating an urban landmark of a certain monumentality. The main Hall is at the heart of the building. The roof with 230 m. in length and 70 m. in height is the most representative part of the complex.

Developer: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias S.A.
Location: Antiguo cauce del río Turia/Old Turia riverbed
Contractor: UTE Necso-Dragados
Acoustics: Alfonso García (García B.B.M., S.L.)

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Emirates Palace – The Seven Star hotel of Abu Dhabi

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The 3 billion $ cost hotel was opened in 2005 and is a colossal standstone itself. Located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the magnificent Emirates Palace is a national landmark and one of the most impressive hotels and conference venues ever built. Emirates Palace, located on 1.3 km of private white sandy beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, is only 30 min drive from Abu Dhabi airport and 1.5 hours drive from Dubai airport. The hotel has 302 rooms and 92 suites. But, the hotel has 16 Palace Suites on the sixth and seventh floors. 22 three-bedroom suites are reserved for hosting Heads of State or Government. Special offer rates starting from 300 US dollars by night.

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