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The purpose of a house is to provide you with all the necessities and give you a sense of contentment with conditional benefits. But when it comes to the official residences of world leaders, it is a completely different story. Not only do they fulfill the needs but they also do a lot more than just providing shelter and comfort, such as providing a place for the president to Run a Country! Today we are gonna venture through some of the most magnificent presidential residences and see what is so special about them. From imposing modern design to historical strongholds, here are five of the most magnificent presidential residences in the world.

Élysée Palace

A view of Élysée Palace
It is a fine example of classical architecture

From architect Armand-Claude Molet to Emperor Napoléon himself, this gorgeous palace has been the residence of many well-known and powerful before it was finally allocated to the French President for the first time in 1848. Although this magnificent presidential palace has undergone many modifications since its establishment, it remains a fine example of classical architecture to this day. The heavily guarded mansion is situated in the heart of France and isn’t generally open to the public. With 369 rooms and a total area of 11,000 sqft, Élysée Palace might not be the biggest official residence, but it’s an iconic institution in Paris that is also a phenomenal statement in itself.

The Presidential Palace, Abu Dhabi

A panoramic view of Qasr al watan
When illuminated at night, it’s visible for miles with clear weather

Located not too far away from the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the presidential residence may seem like a palace straight out of Disney movie but it is very much real. And that means no one can roll like the president of the United Arab Emirates. Rumor has it, the palace is visible even from outer space. When illuminated at night, it’s visible for miles with clear weather. The grand palace was opened to the public in March of 2019 so as to celebrate the cultural heritage of the country.

The entire palace is intricately designed and its facade is made of white granite and limestone. A dome with a diameter of 37 m is located on the top of the central chamber known as “The Grand Hall”  and all of that cost them approximately 490 million dollars. Which automatically makes this 150 hectares of land of property one of the most extravagant buildings in this list. 

The White House

A panoramic view of the Whitehouse
President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901

Most probably no house in the entire world is as famous as the White House. It is the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States. At different times in history, the White House has been known as the “President’s Palace”, the “President’s House” and the “Executive Mansion”. President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.

This magnificent palace is really big. There are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases, and 3 elevators. Guests are allowed to visit parts of it but much of it is still left a secret. But beneath the White House lies a vast system of underground bunkers, as well as the underground West Wing Command Center. This portion of the White House was constructed in 2010 shrouded in secrecy. When the bunker was being built, it was covered up with tall fences that went around the west wing. 

The Presidential Complex, Ankara

A panoramic view of The Presidential Complex
New Presidential Compound (Ak Saray) in Ankara, Turkey. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

Turkey. Other than being at the center of the world, the country has a cultural heritage that is so rich that it goes all the way back to the Abrahamic period. There are many charms of Turkey that are so unique that you would see nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Such as the Presidential Palace in Ankara. Historic, monumental, significant go a long way, but when it comes to grandiosity this presidential complex takes the cake. This gargantuan structure was completed as recently as 2014. With a price tag of more than half a billion dollars and nearly 50 times the floor space of the White House, this 1100 room house is one of the most magnificent presidential residences in the world.

Prague Castle, Prague

A close shot of the Prague Castle
it is also the oldest presidential residence and office in the world

This castle complex of Prague has a Guinness World Record as the largest ancient castle in the world. That means it is also the oldest presidential residence and office in the world as well. Starting from the 10th century, this castle served as the seat to many including Adolf Hitler, who in March 1939, forced Czech President Emil Hacha to hand his nation over to the Germans.

This historic castle represents almost every architectural style that the last millennium has had to offer. It has four palaces, five halls, several museums, including the National Gallery collection of Bohemian baroque and mannerism art, four towers, and eleven gardens. The Bohemian Crown Jewels, which include the Crown of Saint Wenceslas, the royal orb and scepter, the coronation vestments of the Kings of Bohemia, the gold reliquary cross, and St. Wenceslas’ sword, have been stored in St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. All of these make this castle one of the most magnificent presidential residences in the world. Every year over a million visitors come here to visit the palace.

The most common thing that all the magnificent presidential residences share is they are really imposing and almost always carry a statement to a country’s culture, power, and importance. Other than these, there are dozens more presidential houses that we couldn’t include in the list because of limitations that deserve their own articles. Would you like to see a part two of this article? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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