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Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)
London, England, UK

Founded in 1016 and rebuilt in the 1800s, the Palace of Westminster has housed the British Parliament since 1259. Parliamentary sessions are open to the public and tours are available regularly.


One of the great archaeological sites of the world, the Palace of Knossos was built between 2000 and 1250 BCE. It was a political and religious center of the ancient Minoan culture.

Potala PalacePotala Palace

This castle-monastery was long the primary residence of the Dalai Lama, who now lives in exile in India. Today it is a state museum and World Heritage Site.

Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace
Blenheim, England, UK

This beautiful Baroque palace with extensive landscaped gardens is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site.

Bahia PalaceBahia Palace
Marrakesh, Morocco

The Bahia Palace in Marrakesh is an opulent palace constructed 1894-1900 for Ahmed Ibn Moussa, son of the grand vizier. The complex includes a private mosque and beautiful gardens.

Kensington PalaceKensington Palace
London, England, UK

Best known as the birthplace and home of Queen Victoria, this stately palace with extensive gardens has hosted many British monarchs since William and Mary bought it in 1689.

Papal PalacePapal Palace
Avignon, France

This imposing edifice was the home of the papacy between 1309 and 1377. It is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.

Doge's PalaceDoge's Palace

The residence of the Doge (Duke) and seat of the Venetian Republic government, this unique and handsome building next to San Marco dates mainly from a 14th-century renovation.

La ConciergerieLa Conciergerie
Paris, France

A rare medieval survival in the heart of Paris, the early 14th-century Conciergerie is part of a royal palace but is best known for its use as a prison during the Reign of Terror.

Archbishop's Palace
Narbonne, France

The impressive Palais des Archevèques in Narbonne was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Today, it houses the Museum of Art and the Museum of Archaeology.

Great Palace Mosaic Museum

This museum shelters the mosaic floor of Justinian's Great Palace, discovered here in 1933. The fine mosaic, dating from around 540, features lively images of hunting and the Four Seasons.