A palace is a grand residence, especially a royal residence or the home of a head of state or some other high-ranking dignitary, such as a bishop or archbishop.

The word itself is derived from the Latin name Palātium, for Palatine Hill, the hill which housed the Imperial residences in Rome. In many parts of Europe, the term is also applied to ambitious private mansions of the aristocracy. Many historic palaces are now put to other uses such as parliaments, museums, hotels or office buildings. The word is also sometimes used to describe a lavishly ornate building used for public entertainment or exhibitions.

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    Shenborn Castle (Palace)

    Shenborn palace was built by earl Buheym Shenborn in 1890 - 1895. Shenborn family came here to hunt and relax.

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    Sintra National Palace

    The Sintra National Palace, also called Town Palace is located in the town of Sintra, in the Lisbon District of Portugal. It is a present-day historic house museum.

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    Sitorai Makhi Khosa

    Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace was built in 1912-1918, by order of the last Emir of Bukhara Mir Sayyd Muhammad Alim Khan.

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    Slavkov Palace

    Slavkov Castle (also known as Austerlitz Castle) is a Baroque palace in Slavkov u Brna, in the Czech Republic. The small town and the castle are chiefly known for the Battle of Austerlitz.

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    Sponza Palace, Dubrovnik

    The Sponza Palace, also called Divona (from dogana, customs), is a 16th-century palace in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Its name is derived from the Latin word "spongia", the spot where rainwater was collected.

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    Summer Palace

    The Summer Palace, is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, China. It serves as a popular tourist destination and recreational park.

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    Summer Palace of Peter the Great

    The Summer Palace of Peter the Great was built between 1710–1714 in the northeast corner of the Summer Garden that sat on an island formed by the Fontanka river, Moyka river, the Swan Canal.

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    Szentkereszty Castle, Arcus

    The castle was built in 1773 but by 1897 was already modified, gaining its current design. The castle wastaken over by the communist regime in 1945. The castle’s inside was radically transformed during the 1980’s and became Nicolae Ceausescu’s summer house.

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    Tauride Palace

    Tauride Palace is one of the largest and most historic palaces in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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    Vizovice Palace

    Vizovice Palace. The Baroque castle (palace) was built in 1710-1784 Hermann of Blumengen by the plans of architect Franz Grimm instead of former Cistercians monastery Rosa Mariae from 1216.

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    Vsetin Chateau

    The dominating castle is the oldest historical building of Vsetin. This renaissance castle with a courtyard and the fringe arcades was built at the beginning of the 17th century (the first historical record is from 1610). Vsetin Chateau.

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    Weimar Palace

    Weimar Palace in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany. It is now called Stadtschloss to distinguish it from other palaces in and around Weimar.

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    Wilhelmshohe Palace (Schloss Wilhelmshohe)

    Schloss Wilhelmshohe is a Neoclassical palace located in Bad Wilhelmshohe (DE), a part of Kassel, Germany. It was built for Landgrave Wilhelm (William) IX of Hesse in the late 18th century. Emperor Wilhelm II made extensive use of it as a summer residence and personal retreat.

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    Winter Palace

    The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian monarchs. Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837.

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    Wittumspalais, Weimar

    After a fire in the town palace, Wittumspalais was turned into the dowager residence of Duchess Anna Amalia. The two-winged building is an important document of noble interior design in Weimar.

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    Wurzburg Residence (Wurzburg Palace)

    The Wurzburg Residence is a palace in Wurzburg, Lower Franconia. Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt and Maximilian von Welsch, representatives of the Austrian/South German Baroque style, were involved in the construction, as well as Robert de Cotte and Germain Boffrand, who were followers of the French Style.

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    Zdislavice Castle

    he nearby fortress of Zdislavice was documented in 1349. The castle was rebuilt as a Baroque palace in the late 17th century. Later a possession of the Czech baronial Dubsky of Trebomyslice family, it was the birthplace of the famous Austrian writer Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach on 13 September 1830.