11/02/2010 08:15 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

11 Grand & Historical Official Residences (PHOTOS)

An official residence - the place where the head of a state or other senior figures reside - is an important part of a country's history, and often a tourist attraction as well.

Here is a list of 11 famous and historical official residences around the world, several of which used to be palaces or fortresses.

These buildings are still in use today, so access can be limited, but we think they are worth visiting even if only for the exterior!

11 Impressive & Historical Official Residences