Europe is home to numerous palaces and castles that housed royalties and heads of state. This article will feature an analysis of the different presidential palaces in Europe, but please note that this does not include castles of the sovereign monarchies.
|Rank||Name of Presidential Palace||Country||Area (in sq. m.)||Year|
|1||Hofburg Palace||Austria||240,000||13th century|
|2||Presidential Complex (Ak Saray)||Turkey||200,020||2014|
|5||Prague Castle||Czech Republic||70,000||870|
|6||Palace of Independence (Minsk)||Belarus||53,778||2013|
|8||Grand Kremlin Palace||Russia||25,000||1849|
|9||Ceremonial Palace of Georgia||Georgia||22,000||2009|
|10||Presidential Palace, Zagreb||Croatia||3,700||1964|
|11||Presidency Building, Sarajevo||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3,082||1886|
|12||Presidential Palace, Helsinki||Finland||3,000||1845|
|14||Presidential Palace, Tirana||Albania||unknown||1941|
|15||Bellevue Palace (Germany)||Germany||unknown||1786|
|16||Áras an Uachtaráin||Ireland||unknown||1751|
|18||San Anton Palace||Malta||unknown||1625|
|20||Belém Palace||Portugal||unknown||18th century|
Largest Presidential Palaces In Europe
Most presidential residences in our list are pretty large because they were former imperial palaces that served as homes of royalties. It is also difficult to conclude which is the largest among them because the data for some countries are not available. But from the recorded information, here is what we found out:
Hofburg Palace, located in Vienna, Austria, is the largest known presidential palace in Europe, measuring 240,000 square meters. It served as the official residence of the President of Austria since 1946. Next in line is the Presidential Complex (Ak Saray) in Ankara, Turkey, which measures 200,020 square meters. It is also the latest and most expensive presidential complex built, inaugurated in 2014, and was said to have cost $1.2 billion. On the 3rd spot is Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, measuring 110,500 square meters. According to Wikipedia, it is the 11th largest palace in the world. In addition, the Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, is in 4th rank at 100,000 square meters.
On the other hand, some presidential residences do not have information on their size or area. Some of those are Riga Castle in Latvia, the famous Bellevue Palace of Germany, Belém Palace in Portugal, and Belweder of Poland. They are, however, included in our list as they are huge and are worth mentioning.
The earliest built presidential residence is the Prague Castle. It was built in 870 and was renovated several times. It is the largest ancient castle in the world, according to Wikipedia. Today, it still functions as the official office of the President of the Czech Republic.
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