Palace of Knossos, Crete
The Palace at Knossos, Crete, (c. 1500 BCE). A restored upper-level lightwell.
Artist's impression of a scene depicting an assassin attempting to escape a palace.
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
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
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
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...
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...
Egyptian sphinx from Diocletian's Palace
Diocletian's Palace was decorated with numerous granite sphinxes originating from the site of Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III. Only three have survived the centuries. This one is still located on the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace.
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...
Mariinsky Palace, Kyiv
The Mariinsky Palace in Kyiv was built in 1747–1755 by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The palace was designed for Empress Elizabeth I in the rococo style. Photo credits: Roman Naumov