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Built between 1906 and 1912 by khan Muhammad Rahim Bahadur II for his son, Isfandiyar this palace is an eclectic mix of Central Asian and European styles. It is located outside Itchan Kala in Dishon Kala about 10 minutes by foot from Hotel Sobir Arkanchi.

Published in Khiva

Tosh Hovli (or Tash Hauli) Palace was built by the order of Allah Kuli Khan in 1832. It consists of three courtyards: the reception area, the harem and the guesthouse area. Visitors are nowadays allowed to tour the harem courtyard, so we'll also focus on this part of the palace complex.

Published in Khiva

The term „Kunya Ark” means „Original Citadel” reminding us of the fact, that the first residence of the khans of Khiva was also used for military functions. In fact it is a fortress within the fortified walls of Itchan Kala, but the khans have rebuilt it into a magnificent palace throughout the centuries. Despite the construction of Tosh Hauli Palace in the 1830's which was followed by another residence outside the walls, Kunya Ark remained in use till the 20th century.

Published in Khiva

Stretching above modern Amman at an altitude of 850 meters, the Citadel is a must for all tourists visiting Amman. It used to be the enormous Acropolis of ancient  Philadelphia, the predecessor of the present city.

Surrounded by 1700m-long walls, this complex was more than just a fortresses above the city, in fact it was a standalone entity within the ancient city. History buffs will say that there are plenty of other, much better preserved ancient fortresses throughout the Middle-East. However this one is still definitely worth to be visited, because it enables visitors to understand how an antique Roman and Byzantine settlement was transformed into an Umayyad city. In other words: this monument is simply a summary of  entire Jordanian history.

Published in Amman

Large megalithic stone blocks, Hittite lion carvings mixed with elements of Greco-Roman architecture – these are the characteristics of an extraordinary and yet controversial building in Iraq-al Amir (Arak-el-Emir ). Nothing is 100% sure about this building except for one thing – there are simply no similar structures not just in Jordan, but also in the entire Middle-East.

Published in Amman

Shwenandaw Kyaung is a fine example of 19th century Burmese teak wood architecture.

Published in Mandalay

Luang Prabang is a city located in north central Laos, on the Mekong River about 425 km north of Vientiane, the present capital Laos. Name of the city means literally: Royal Buddha Image (in the Dispelling Fear mudra). Luang Prabang used to be the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos before 1975. This culturally rich city has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995.

Published in Laos

Built for Emperor Charles VI. in 1711 by Lukas von Hildebrandt, Halbturn palace became a summer and sporting residence of the Austrian Emperor and his household. Visitors can now stroll around the large  park, participate in tasting of exquisite bottles from the winery or enjoy local cuisine in the restaurant. A wing of the palace has been converted into a hotel where romantic, comfortably-modern furnished rooms and junior suites invite the guests to stay.

Published in Burgenland

The word Kraton (or Keraton) originates from the word ke-ratu-an that means in Indonesian the place where the queen/king lives. It has a broad meaning, all royal palaces were denoted with this name.

The principal residence of the sultan of Yogyakarta is the palace (Kraton) occupying the center of the town.The enormous building was added to the tentative list of World Heritage Sites. The palace complex consists of large courtyards and pavilions. Some of the buildings are open to the public, these contain exhibitions showing gifts of European kings, funishing items , replicas of the treasures of the palace and personal belongings of the sultans.

Published in Java

Taman Sari also known as Water Castle is a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta located 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton (palace complex). Its name means an area of a beautiful garden adorned with flowers. Since 1995 the Yogyakarta Palace Complex including Taman Sari is listed as a tentative World Heritage Site.

Published in Java
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