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 Historvius.com 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.