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The 5 most beautiful palaces

Selecting the 5 most beautiful palaces is not an easy task.

This is because historically palaces are found in most of the houses, royal residences developed in Europe between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. Consequently, their number is very high.

The architectural choice of this model is linked to the need of the rulers of the time to want a sumptuous residence complete with a garden. The models were those of the castle, villa or palace.

Over time, these residences have become true socio-urban subjects, with European monarchies competing to build these magnificent buildings regardless of their functionality, especially in the Baroque period.

The 5 most beautiful palaces, let’s find out which ones they are

1.The Palace of Versailles

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First among the 5 most luxurious palaces, it was the former royal residence of the Bourbon family of France, and is located about twenty kilometers south of Paris. It was commissioned by Louis XIV and was the seat of political power in France until 1682. It has different styles and a park that extends over 815 hectares, including 93 gardens.

Since 1979, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of all films dedicated to Louis XIV, as well as the manga Lady Oscar.

2. The Royal Palace of Caserta

Royal Park at Caserta | European Route of Historic Gardens

Designed by Vanvitelli, it is the largest royal residence in the world. Its owners were at first the Bourbons of Naples (who wanted it to be built) and, only for a time, the Murats. Since 1997 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At the entrance, the immense royal marble staircase is really impressive, while on the second floor are the royal apartments, with the Halberdiers’ Hall, the bedrooms and the ballroom. Finally, we find the immense park with an Italian garden, an English garden and several fountains that are illuminated at dusk. Impossible not to include it among the 5 most luxurious palaces.

3. Neuschwanstein Castle

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It is enough to look at it to believe that you are in a fairy tale microcosm, which inspires the construction of the fortress of the same name that enriches the Disney parks, namely the famous Sleeping Beauty Castle. Anyone passing through Bavaria runs to photograph this marvel built by Ludwig II from 1869 on a project of the scenographer Christian Jank.

4. The Royal Palace of Venaria Reale

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It is one of Italy’s treasures. Duke Carlo Emanuele II commissioned it as a hunting lodge in the mountainous wasteland of Turin. The extensive forests full of game enrich the context and today it is still the seventh most visited Italian museum. In 1978 it was sold to the Superintendence for restoration work and periodically new spaces are recovered.

Inside there are about four thousand stucco works, statues and paintings, while the gardens are part of the network of the Great Italian Gardens.

5. The Hofburg in Vienna

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In fifth place among the 5 most magnificent palaces, the palace that was the center of Austrian power for at least six centuries and is as well known and visited as Schoenbrunn Palace. Built from the 12th century and expanded over time by the Habsburgs, it consists of a series of residences and palaces such as the Imperial Chapel, the Naturhistorisches Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Austrian National Library, the imperial treasury, the Burgtheater, the Spanish Cavalry School, the Imperial Stables and the Hofburg Congress Palace.

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