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    Posted: 03 Jul 2011 at 02:33
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In the spirit of the series "Your country's..." I decided to open this thread about Palaces and country houses. I wish everyone to join in and post their pictures.
 
Lets begin from where I am, probably the most well known historic palace in Saudi Arabia is Shubra Palace. Built in Taif in 1905 by one of the wealthiest men in Ottoman Hijaz, material for this palace was imported for the purpose of building from Egypt, Turkey and Italy. The Palace was bought by king ibn Saud in the 30s when it became the summer residence ad now it is a museum:
 
 
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In our country, there aren't many "palaces" to begin with. But perhaps the more famous is the government house, called "La Moneda" (The coin) because it was a recicled mint house.




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We have a few: they are mostly built in whatever style currently popular on the continent and that coupled with the poverty of the country make they seem like little cousins - in size and grandeur - of the European counterparts. Here are some, that was built in the purpose of being palaces or mansions:

The baroque Royal palace replaced the castle Three Crowns after it burnt down in the 1690s. Once painted yellow, but they stopped bothering fill painting a long time ago:

Drottningholm palace, built by the same architect, Nicodemus Tessin, and current residence of the king:


Harpsund, the state-owned summer mansion of the prime minister. Official visitors are traditionally taken for a row in the boat belonging to the house.
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Here is another palace, Nasif House. Omar Nasif was a wealthy Jeddah merchant who built this mansion during the 1880s. I think its fairly obvious that Shubra palace above was influenced by this mansion. When Jeddah was taken by Ibn Saudi it became a Royal Palace before a newer one was built in the 30s:
 
 
 
 
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Ireland has many large country houses populated by the old Anglo Irish aristocracy (They pale by British comparisons though)

One of the more impressive is actually in my backyard, the place where Paul McCartney got married:

(Castle Leslie)






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There are no palaces in Australia, but there are some pretty impressive homesteads back from the time there was money in sheep. We put the Governor-General in one.
 
 


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Hello,

Few palaces of Lithuania from my photo collection. If for you Lithuania is a mystery, this country is in Europe, east cost of Baltic sea, one of Baltic states.

Here were a lot of manors and palaces. It were part of Grand Duchy of Lithuania history, during occupation of Soviet Union a huge number of palaces, manors were destroyed.

Later I will show more;

Užutrakis manor

Built by Tiškevičiai familly, one of noblemans of Grand Duchy of Lithuania.



View from palace to lake where is medieval castle, built in XIV c.






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Dolmabahçe Palace, where sultans lived, its main luxury is bosphorus







Clock tower of Dolmabahçe Palace



Inside of it, crystal chandeliers





Where ambassadors accepted, plated with gold






Blue mosque



Blue mosque (left) and Haghia Sofia (right)



Çırağan Palace and its inside









Yıldız Palace



Beylerbeyi Palace





This ugly building mauselium of Mustafa Kemal, it's the place where his followers worship him Tongue



Ancient Greek and Roman relics in Ephesos where Heraclitus lived








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Hello Paradigm
 
 
Anyway, I always wondered about palaces outside Istanbul. We have several Ottoman palaces here in Saudi Arabia as well as across the Arab world but each time I try to find pictures of palaces or a country houses or grand houses in Turkey (especially in the cities where europeans and wealthy christians lived) I found nothing except a couple of houses in Izmir. I know these (especially those owned by the members of the house of Osman) exist because of several documentaries I saw about Turkey which showed these palaces either pulled down or being renovated to become corporate HQs or houses for the nouveau riche.
 
Is the Turkish state/municipal authorities keeping those relics?
 
Could you post some of these if you may?
 
On the Ataturk thing, Seko is going to be so maaad!
 
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Originally posted by Al Jassas Al Jassas wrote:

Hello Paradigm
 
Anyway, I always wondered about palaces outside Istanbul. We have several Ottoman palaces here in Saudi Arabia as well as across the Arab world but each time I try to find pictures of palaces or a country houses or grand houses in Turkey (especially in the cities where europeans and wealthy christians lived) I found nothing except a couple of houses in Izmir. I know these (especially those owned by the members of the house of Osman) exist because of several documentaries I saw about Turkey which showed these palaces either pulled down or being renovated to become corporate HQs or houses for the nouveau riche.


Well, all european embassies still in Bosphorus. These buildings now used as consulates due to change of capital city to Ankara. That buildings usually look good. You have to type word "yalı" (undotted "i") to google image search for that's what you are looking for. Here I did for you:

http://www.google.com.tr/search?hl=tr&safe=off&q=yal%C4%B1&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=1616l2302l0l2749l4l4l0l0l0l0l495l1441l4-3l3l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=874&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

Outside of Istanbul... That things exists outside of Istanbul, called "köşk". Which of them owned by christians? I have no idea... There's not much christian left after population exchange, unlike many Arabian countries...

Originally posted by Al Jassas Al Jassas wrote:

Is the Turkish state/municipal authorities keeping those relics?
Could you post some of these if you may?

Yes, they are protected by law. They are flooding all over Asia Minor, Flipper has far better knowledge about them.

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On the Ataturk thing, Seko is going to be so maaad!

I didn't mean to offend anybody. It's a bit critic with humor. But I will remove in that case.




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Inside and outside of Iranian presidential palace.







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Good man, that's how I want to live. Except building, I hate concrete buildings, expecially ugly ones. I rather prefer a Robinson Cruso style cave :D
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Plenty to choose from in Portugal, so I'll just leave a couple from the town of Sintra:
Royal Palace of Sintra (birthplace of the Portuguese Expansion)
 
Royal Palace of Pena
 
The small Palace of Monserrate
 
Palace of Seteais
 
Quinta da Regaleira


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Originally posted by Frederick Roger Frederick Roger wrote:

Royal Palace of Pena

Quinta da Regaleira


Top of a hill? Awesome, but buildings too colourful though :/ In medival times there was no way to assault that kind of positions... You were untouchable if live there until food run out :P
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Plunge manor in Lithuania, built in XIX c.















One of building near palace, looks like Florence city hall




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Let's put here some castles. Here Bodrum Castle (or Castle of St. Peter), where Knights Hospitaller forced to hand it over after Suleiman's conquest of Rhodos:


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Originally posted by Paradigm of Humanity Paradigm of Humanity wrote:

Originally posted by Frederick Roger Frederick Roger wrote:

Royal Palace of Pena


Top of a hill? Awesome, but buildings too colourful though :/ In medival times there was no way to assault that kind of positions... You were untouchable if live there until food run out :P
 
Eheh... Not much attacking and defending going on there - it's a 19th century construction, typical romantic architecture, hence the Disneyworld colour scheme. It was built by our German king Ferdinand II and his German architect friend von Eschwege.
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You probably heard of Hasan Sabbah, The Master of Alamut (eagle's nest in persian, afair) Castle and of course master of hashashies. This is the place where he lived, remains of Alamut Castle:



Many times assaulted but all of them failed until Mongols breach and captured it after a century and a quarter later.


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