Top Seven Largest Official Residences of Head of State in the World
These official residences are not just large, they are extra large, luxurious and very expensive.
There are more than 200 countries in the world. The head of state of a constitutional monarchy is usually a king/queen, sultan or emperor and the head of government is usually a Prime Minister. A republic such as the Philippines, Mexico and others is usually headed by a president-elect. Each head of state has a so-called “official residence”. The official residence is also usually the seat of the government.
1. Istana Nurul Iman Palace – Brunei Darussalam
According to the Guinness World Records, Istana Nurul Iman Palace, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, is the “largest palace in the world.” It is also the seat of the government of Brunei and is located in the country’s capital – Bandar Seri Begawan. It is also regarded as the world’s largest residential palace and the largest single family residence ever built. It has a floor area of 343,741 m2 and has 1,788 rooms
2. Grand Palace – Thailand
One of the largest official residences that can be found in Asia is the Grand Palace. It is located in one of the most visited cities in the world – Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. It is the official residence of the king of Thailand. This magnificent palace has an area of 218,400 m² and is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist attractions.
3. Royal Palace of Madrid – Spain
Another extremely gigantic official residence is the Palacio Real de Madrid or The Royal Palace of Madrid. This official residence of the Spanish Royal Family has an area of 134,999 m2. It is located in Madrid and is the largest palace in Europe by floor area.
4. Buckingham Palace – United Kingdom
Buckingham Palace is probably one of the most popular palaces in the world. This huge official residence of British monarchs has an area of 77,000 m2. It is located in the City of Westminster and is originally known as Buckingham House.
5. Stockholm Palace – Sweden
One of the largest official residences in the world is the Stockholm Palace in Sweden. It is also the major royal palace of the monarchs of Sweden. It contains 1,430 rooms and is one of the world’s largest royal palaces. This magnificent palace has an area of 61,210 m2.
6. Windsor Castle – United Kingdom
With an area of 45,000 m2, Windsor Castle is considered as one of the world’s largest official residences. This medieval castle is the royal residence of the British royal family. It is located in Windsor in Berkshire County. Windsor Castle is also a very popular tourist attraction.
7. Rashtrapati Bhavan – India
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of India’s Presidents. It means Presidential House or The Official Residence of the Head of the State. It is situated at Raisina Hill in New Delhi. It holds the distinction as the largest residence of any Head of the State in the world. It took 19 years to complete this spectacular edifice. This 4 story-building has 360 rooms with a floor area 19,000 m2.