A palace is a grand residence, especially a royal residence or the home of a head of state or some other high-ranking dignitary, such as a bishop or archbishop. The word itself is derived from the Latin name Palātium, for Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills in Rome. In many parts of Europe, the term is also applied to ambitious private mansions of the aristocracy. Many historic palaces are now put to other uses such as parliaments, museums, hotels or office buildings. The word is also sometimes used to describe a lavishly ornate building used for public entertainment or exhibitions.

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Blenheim Palace - Site
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Palaces - Other
... In Continental Europe royal and episcopal palaces were not merely residences the clerks who administered the realm or the diocese laboured there as well ... To this day many bishops' palaces house both their family apartments and their official offices.) However, unlike the "Palais du Justice" which is often encountered in the French-speaking world, modern British public ... in a more informal sense for other large, impressive buildings, such as The Crystal Palace of 1851 (an immensely large, glazed hall erected for The Great Exhibition) and modern arenas-convention centers ...
Blenheim Palace - Overview
... The palace's construction was originally intended to be a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from a grateful nation in return for military triumph ... The palace was designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style ... Architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s ...
Blenheim Palace - Design and Architecture
... The plan of Blenheim Palace is basically that of a large central rectangular block (see plan), containing behind the southern facade the principal state ... blocks together form the "Great Court" designed to overpower the visitor arriving at the palace ... There are two approaches to the palace's grand entrance, one from the long straight drive through wrought iron gates directly into the Great Court the other, equally as, if not more, impressive ...
Blenheim Palace
... Blenheim Palace (/ˈblɛnəm/) (pronounced "Blen-im") is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, residence of the dukes ... country house in England to hold the title of palace ... The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1724 ...

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    While the hollow oak our palace is,
    Our heritage the sea.
    Allan Cunningham (1784–1842)

    You weep, you weep for the sun an Image.
    the wind calls hideously,
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    The homely Nurse doth all she can
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    Forget the glories he hath known,
    And that imperial palace whence he came.
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