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History's Greatest Palaces Around The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/03/11 08:17 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

The approaching royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has raised many a hot topic, not least of which is where will these newlyweds live?

Of course, this fascination with royal real estate is nothing new. In fact, throughout history, the homes of the rich, royal and powerful have held a special draw, especially royal palaces. Some of them grand, often opulent, these palaces are not just status symbols; they have also been the settings of some of the most important events in history.

From those of ancient Greece to Soviet Russia, imperial China to medieval England, travel website is exploring some of the world's greatest palaces.

Have an opinion what should have made the list of the most historic, gorgeous palaces?

Text and photos courtesy of Historvius.

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Part fort, part city, part royal residence, the Alhambra is one of Spain's most beautiful sites. Begun in the thirteenth century, this grand complex was the home of the princes of the Nasrid dynasty until it was captured by the Christians in 1492. Perched on its hill and encircled by modernity, the Alhambra is the very embodiment of Moorish architecture, with everything from its plethora of archways to enticing water features and intricately ornate carvings.

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