Whether it’s a king, queen, emperor, sultan or a president, every country has its head of state. And every head of state has its official residence. Often, the Head of state residences are an important part of the countryÂ´s history and culture, possibly serving as the seat of the countryÂ´s top representatives for centuries. While there are many head of state residences that are famous all over the world, there might be even more of those that are – often totally undeservedly – not so well known. To see where some of the worldÂ´s most significant politicians live or work, check out these 25 most impressive head of state residences.
20. Grand Palace, Thailand
de.wikipedia.org Situated in the center of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. Based on a roughly rectangular plan, it is a giant complex that occupies a total area of almost 220,000 square meters (2,350,000 sq ft). The present Thai monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events.
15. Moscow Kremlin, Russia
commons.wikimedia.org Also known as “the Kremlin”, the Moscow Kremlin is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow that serves as the official residence of the President of Russia. Based on a triangular plan and occupying an area of 275,000 square meters (68 acres), the complex also includes five palaces and four cathedrals.
10. PalÃ¡cio da Alvorada, Brazil
en.wikipedia.org Built between 1957 and 1958, PalÃ¡cio da Alvorada, the official seat of the President of Brazil, is one the worldÂ´s youngest and most modern residences of a head of state. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the building occupies a total floor area of 7,300 square meters (79,000 square feet). A popular Brazilian tourist attraction, PalÃ¡cio da Alvorada is also listed as a National Historic Heritage Site.
5. Akorda Presidential Palace, Kazakhstan
en.wikipedia.org Located in the capital city of Astana, the Akorda Presidential Palace is the official workplace of the President of Kazakhstan. While it houses the staff of the Presidential Administration, the palace is not the President’s place of residence. The palaceÂ´s height (including the spire) is 80 meters (260 feet), which makes it one the tallest buildings on this list.
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