15 Largest Palaces in the World

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Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

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  • Location:  Madrid, Spain
  • Size:  1,453,128 sq ft

Royal Palace of Madrid is Europe’s largest functioning palace where many works of art were destroyed in a fire on Christmas Eve, 1734.

Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle

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  • Location:  Malbork, Poland
  • Size:  1,539,239 sq ft

Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world.  On September 16 1994 it was designated as one of Poland’s Historic Monuments.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

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  • Location:   Beijing, China
  • Size:  1,614,587 sq ft

The Forbidden City took 14 years to build (1406 – 1420) and with its 980 buildings covering 180 acres it is the largest Palace complex in the world.

Malacañang Palace

Malacañang Palace

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  • Location:  Manila, Philippines
  • Size:  1,722,226 sq ft

Originally built as a summer house for Don Luís Rocha, Malacañang Palace is now the home for the president of the Philippines.

Apostolic Palace

Apostolic Palace

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  • Location:  Vatican City
  • Size:  1,743,753 sq ft

Not only is the Apostolic Palace the home and workplace for the Pope, it also houses the world’s most famous place of Christian worship; the Sistine Chapel.

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