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The Summer Palace, Beijing, China. The palace complex suffered two major attacks—during the Anglo-French allied invasion of 1860 (with the Old Summer Palace also ransacked at the same time), and during the Boxer Rebellion, in an attack by the eight allied powers in 1900. The garden survived and was rebuilt in 1886 and 1902. In 1888, it was given the current name, Yihe Yuan.

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The CATHERINE PALACE St Petersburg Russia ~ Although the palace is popularly associated with Catherine II ("The Great"), she actually regarded its "whipped cream" architecture as old-fashioned. It was originally built in 1717 for Catherine I, the 2nd wife of Peter The Great, as her summer palace.

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The palace of shame that makes China angry

A temple in the ruins of the Old Summer Palace, Beijing, China, circa 1860. | In #China? Try www.importedFun.com for award winning #kid's #science |

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The Smolny Institute, St. Petersburg. Built by Empress Elizabeth's masterful architect Rastrelli, it was originally a school for noble young ladies from impoverished families. Ironically it housed Lenin's office during the Civil War that followed the Revolution.

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KUCUKSU KASRI (Summer Palace, old name was Göksu Kasrı) : The reigns of Sultan (1839-1861) period, especially in years when the preferred form of Western architecture, palaces and pavilions. Sultan reigns, Dolmabahce and Linden as well as in construction in the area of ​​Kasr Küçüksu old and demolished the wooden structure, was built by Nigogos BALYAN, in its present Kasr. In 1857 for Abdulmecit Sultan, it completed construction Küçüksu Kasrı.

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Küçüksu Palace or Küçüksu Pavilion, aka Göksu Pavilion, is a summer palace in Istanbul, Turkey, situated in the Küçüksu neighborhood of Beykoz district on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus between Anadoluhisarı and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. The tiny palace was used by Ottoman sultans for short stays during country excursions and hunting. The palace was commissioned by Sultan Abd-ul-Mejid I (1823–1861), and designed by the architects Garabet Amira Balyan and his son Nigoğayos Balyan in…

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