8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

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8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

Fairy-tale turrets, colourful mouldings and extravagant ornamentation… discover eight palaces of the world each more imaginative than the next. Their incredible architecture will fascinate travellers with a taste for culture.

8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

You will think you have been dropped in the middle of Asia when you visit the spectacular Postman Cheval's Palace with its gothic influences to the south of Lyon.

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8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

Not far from Lisbon, cross the threshold into the surrealist world of Pena Palace in Sintra, a riot of bright colours and Renaissance decor.

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8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

Perched high on a rock like a cloud floating over the city of Himeji, next to Osaka, this medieval castle will amaze you with its wooden, six-storey dungeon.

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8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

Just outside Paris, step inside the golden gates of the château of Versailles with its classical style and admire the Sun King's prodigious vision in stone and marble.

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8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

Catherine II of Russia did not do things by halves. In her palace in Saint Petersburg, everything is a lavish abundance of flamboyant Baroque style.

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8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

Step into the fabulous gardens of the Royal Palace in Bangkok and in front of you, an eclectic architecture marrying oriental and neoclassical styles stretches as far as the eye can see.

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8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

Keep your eyes open while visiting the château of Chambord, near Paris. Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci drew up the plans for this fairy-tale palace and jewel of the Renaissance period.

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8 unforgettable palaces and their flamboyant architecture

Not really on land, but not really on a lake either, you will not believe your eyes as you stand in front of Jal Mahal, the Water Palace built in Rajput style, a few hours south of Delhi.

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