The palaces are never missing from the photos of the countries we visit, as they are always located in the most important sights. But which of these are the most touristy in the world?
Every year, millions of travelers do not miss the opportunity to walk on steep slopes and try their hand at visiting popular palaces, even if they are inaccessible. The reason is that people have always been interested in celebrities, powerful people and their homes. Imagine that after the death of Louis II in 1886, the first tourists to arrive wanted to see up close what the king had built for his personal residence.
So let’s see which ones are gaining interest and attracting the most tourists in the world.
The Forbidden City, Beijing
Annual visitors: 15,340,000
Every day, tens of thousands of visitors arrive in the Forbidden or Imperial City, an area of about seven square kilometers surrounded by a towering wall with gates ten meters high, surrounded by a moat 52 meters wide. It has eight hundred buildings and 8,706 rooms, while there lived nine thousand slaves and one hundred thousand eunuchs – all enough to attract the interest of the people. The Imperial City is essentially the palace-city of the Chinese emperors, and the government, in order to manage the number of visitors, forbids those with annual tickets to visit it during peak times, while asking visitors to buy their ticket in advance. in periods of celebrations and events.
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
Annual visitors: 8,000,000
The royal offices of the Grand Palace are even used by state officials, and royal ceremonies, such as the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, take place there every year – except for a pandemic. The Grand Palace was also the official residence of the kings of Thailand from 1782 to 1925 and has several buildings, halls and sheds around its majestic gardens. In addition, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha located in the palace is considered one of the holiest sights in the country, so it is not surprising the large number of tourists.
Palace of Versailles, France
Annual visitors: 7,527,122
A few kilometers outside Paris, in the homonymous city of Versailles, is the famous Palace of Versailles, famous for its gardens, fountains and statues. It was built by Louis XIV in the late 1600s and the truth is that it aroused the jealousy of all the other European monarchs of the time, while it remains to this day a real work of art that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The palace is visited every year by 7 times more tourists than other towers, fortresses and palaces of France (except the Louvre) and the Hall of Mirrors with expensive crystals, candles and mirrors, as well as the bedroom of Marie Antoinette are the most important points of.
Annual visitors: 3,335,000
In a magnificent setting overlooking the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara, Topkapi was the royal residence for 400 years, until the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the 1920s. The sultan lived there with his wives, mistresses, mother and children in the harem, under the protection of eunuchs and if you ever visit it, pay attention to Murat III’s personal bedroom, with the indoor pool, the gilded fireplace and decorated walls with blue, white and coral mosaic iznik from the 16th century. The kitchens of the palace reopened in September 2014, while the complex also includes courts, gardens, a treasury, etc.
Hermitage Winter Palace and State Museum, St. Petersburg
Annual visitors: 3,120,170
Catherine the Great and Nicholas I are among the royal figures of Russia who lived in this baroque palace along the Neva River from 1762 to 1917. Today, the palace has been converted into a museum with one of its most sophisticated collections. Europe, with works by Titian, Raphael and Da Vinci, among others. Much of the palace was destroyed in 1837 by fire, but its renovated interior, however, charms the taste of the Russian elite, with its parquet, marble, bronze details, etc.
The Tower of London
Annual visitors: 2,894,698
This medieval castle on the north bank of the Thames was built to frighten Londoners and keep out foreign invaders. The oldest part of the construction, the White Tower, has its roots in the 12th century and while it was originally a royal residence, it was later used as a prison and execution site. Before the pandemic, millions of visitors flocked to the Tower to get a closer look at historical representations, British royal jewels and the royal scepter with the largest colorless diamond in the world. In 2014, the trench was filled with 888,246 red, ceramic, poppies in honor of British soldiers killed in World War II.
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Annual visitors: 2,870,000
The most visited attraction in Austria is this Rococo Palace, which was the summer residence of the Hapsburg Emperors from 1700 to 1918. Of its 1441 rooms, the most famous is the room with mirrors, with white and golden rococo decor and crystal mirrors, where Mozart is said to have given his first concerto at the age of 6. Its gardens house the world’s largest orange grove and guests can see the 40 rooms open to the public, including the Gobelin Salon with wallpapers from Brussels and the Millions Room, an office framed with rare rosewood.
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