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Palace of Knossos, Crete
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Palace of Knossos, Crete

The Palace at Knossos, Crete, (c. 1500 BCE). A restored upper-level lightwell.
Reconstruction of the Old Summer Palace, Beijing
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Reconstruction of the Old Summer Palace, Beijing

Digital reconstruction of the Yuanming Yuan palace complex, known in the Western World as the Old Summer Palace. This reconstruction depicts Haiyantang ("The Palace of Calm Seas"), a two-story western-style palace with a magnificent water...
Amarna, Northern Palace
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Amarna, Northern Palace

Northern Palace at Amarna. The royal family lived in apartments to the rear of the palace. The palace had no roof as a gesture of welcome to Aten.
Arab Room Tiles, Sintra Palace
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Arab Room Tiles, Sintra Palace

Islamic ceramic tiles in the Arab Room in the Sintra palace (Palácio Nacional de Sintra), Portugal. King Manuel I of Portugal (r.1495-1521 CE) imported azulejos (glazed ceramic tiles) from the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain to decorate...
Door Slab from the Central Palace, Nimrud
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Door Slab from the Central Palace, Nimrud

These cuneifrom inscriptions describe some of the military campaigns of the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III (reigned 744-727 BCE) and were probably first placed in a doorway of the Central Palace built by this King at Nimrud. Assyrian...
Alexander the Great & the Burning of Persepolis
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Alexander the Great & the Burning of Persepolis

In the year 330 BCE Alexander the Great (l. 356-323 BCE) conquered the Achaemenid Persian Empire following his victory over the Persian Emperor Darius III (r. 336-330 BCE) at the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BCE. After Darius III's defeat...
Dungur Palace, Aksum, Ethiopia - Reconstruction
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Dungur Palace, Aksum, Ethiopia - Reconstruction

Dungur Palace is in the Ethiopian village of Aksum—once the bustling capital of an African empire that stretched from southern Egypt to Yemen. The 6th-century mansion contains approximately 50 rooms, including a bathing area, kitchen, and...
Pasargadae Palace
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Pasargadae Palace

Cyrus the great's private palace at Pasargadae. This palace is one of the two first builded in the emerging capital of the founder of the new persian empire. Before Pasargadae, the persian who were nomadic shepperds, had no real architectural...
Gatchina Palace Egg by Fabergé
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Gatchina Palace Egg by Fabergé

The 1901 Gatchina Palace Egg by Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920). The egg was given by Tsar Nicholas II (r. 1894-1917) to his mother the Empress Dowager Marie Feodorovna. The egg is made of gold and white enamel with painted decoration. The...
Reliefs from Kapara's Palace at Tell Halaf
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Reliefs from Kapara's Palace at Tell Halaf

Some of these wall reliefs were inscribed; the inscriptions read "Palace of Kapara, son of Hadianu". The base of the south wall of Kapara's palace was lined with a series of 187 reliefs carved in black basalt alternating with red ochre-tinted...
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