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Europe, the old continent, has such a rich culture no matter in which country you are. Each of them has its own spirit and story, and without doubt, the architecture is one of the rare things that can take the breath away. Baroque, classicism, modern and other styles of architecture is what makes Europe so unique. If you enjoy the beauty of history seen on buildings, check out these ten fascinating examples. These ten Royal Palaces in Europe belong or used to belong to royal families, so no wonder why their interior and exterior are so close to perfection!

Next time when you have the opportunity, visit one of palaces below and let the beauty around to inspire you.


1. Pena National Palace – One of the most amazing Royal Palaces in Europe (Image via turismoenfotos.com)

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The Pena National Palace is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace is built in 19th century for king Dom Fernando II, who used the palace as a summer residence for the whole royal family. It is located on the top of the Sintra Mountains and if the day is clear enough, the palace can be seen from Lisbon. The design of the palace is under the influence of Romanticism, but it also includes a little influence of other architecture styles, such as Neo – Gothic and Neo – Renaissance. Unfortunately, this beautiful palace is closed at the moment because of restoration works, but you definitely should put it on your bucket list.
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2. Royal Palace Oslo (Image via thousandwonders.net)

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The beautiful Royal Palace in Oslo was first used by King Oscar I in 1849. It is located on the Bellevue hill and is surrounded by a gorgeous, green garden, which was also planned to represent the Romanticism movement. The palace is built in Neo – Classicism and it has 173 rooms. The Royal Palace, where the Norwegian King and Queen live today, is open for the public since 2002, but is open only during summer. There are guided tours during summer, so if you’re heading for Oslo this period, make sure to book some tickets.
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3. Nymphenburg Palace (Image via sophiebousset.wordpress.com)

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The Numphenburg Palace, or the Castle of the Nymph, is located near Munich, in the German state of Bavaria. It was designed by the Italian architect Agostino Barelli in 17th century and it served as a summer residence of the long-awaited born son of the Bavarian elector and his wife. The palace is built in the Baroque style and some rooms still keep the original interior, while others have been redesigned in Rococco or Neo – Classicism. At first, the palace had its own park, but when Max Emanuel, the son of the Bavarian elector grew up, he expanded the gardens and today they are known as the Nymphenburg Park, one of the most visited places in Munich.
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4. Royal Palace of Brussels (Image via europeanbestdestinations.com)

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Located in front of Brussels Park, the Royal Palace was built on the initiative of King Leopold II. The Palace was built after 1900 and it was constructed on the ruins of Coudenberg Castle, a very old, medieval building. It is separated from the Brussels park with a big square, known as Place des Palais and is open to the public. But, this Royal Palace isn’t special just because of its aesthetics or historic value. In fact, inside the palace there are many precious belongings of the royal family, including portraits and furniture of Napoleon, King Leopold I and Leopold II, to name few.
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5. Sanssouci Palace (Image via mydeutschlandblog.wordpress.com)

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The Royal Palace known as Sanssouci is located near Berlin, in the city of Potsdam. The Palace used to be a summer residence of the King of Prussia, Frederic the Great. Everything is designed in the Rococo architecture style, that reflected a carefree lifestyle, which really suited the needs of Frederic the Great, who wanted his residence to amuse guests. His wish came true because the palace was and still is so beautiful that today is considered to be the German rival of the French Versailles. But, the palace isn’t the only thing that you will find fascinating – the big, green gardens are full with flowers, terraced vineyards and a huge fountain in the center.
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6. Château de Chambord (Image via flowersway.com)

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One of the most fascinating buildings in France and throughout Europe, Chambord is a true combination of medieval and Renaissance architecture. It is located in Loire Valley and it used to belong to French King Francis I. The Palace was cherished at the beginning from its construction and opening, but after the French revolution some furniture was sold and the palace was abandoned for a long time. Today, the Chambord Palace is open to the public, with having hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This gorgeous piece of architecture deserves all the admiration, and who designed it is yet a little mystery, although some sources say it was a work of Domenico da Cortona.
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7. Palacio Real (Image via theodysseyonline.com)

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This fascinating palace belongs to the royal family in Spain, but it is not used as their residence, but rather as state ceremonies. It is located on Bailén Street, in the city of Madrid. Today, where the palace is, centuries ago there was an old castle that was burned down on Christmas day in 1734, so King Philip V decided to build a new palace on the same palace, a palace so beautiful that it will be the best among any other in Europe. However, even though Palacio Real made it to the most beautiful in Europe, it is still the largest of them all when it comes to floor space, because it has 3,418 rooms!
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