Gatchina Palace Egg by Fabergé
The 1901 Gatchina Palace Egg by Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920). The egg was given by Tsar Nicholas II (r. 1894-1917) to his mother the Empress Dowager Marie Feodorovna. The egg is made of gold and white enamel with painted decoration. The...
Hellenistic Palace Qasr Al-Abd
Qasr Al-Abd is a Hellenistic palace dating from approximately 200 BCE whose ruins stand in western Jordan, approximately 17 kilometers west of Amman. It is a two-story stone structure (measuring about 40 meters by 20 meters, and 13 meters...
Umayyad Palace at Anjar, Lebanon
The colonnades of the 8th century CE Umayyad palace at Anjar (Lebanon). The palace had a central courtyard surrounded by a peristyle and incorporated decorative or architectonic elements of the Roman era.
Reliefs from Kapara's Palace at Tell Halaf
Some of these wall reliefs were inscribed; the inscriptions read "Palace of Kapara, son of Hadianu". The base of the south wall of Kapara's palace was lined with a series of 187 reliefs carved in black basalt alternating with red ochre-tinted...
Qal'eh Dokhtar Palace, Fizurabad, Iran - Reconstruction
Qal’eh Dokhar was built by Ardašīr I as a “barrier fortress” during his 3rd century founding of the Sasanian Empire in Iran. The fortress’s third floor housed his royal residence but was eventually supplanted by a greater palace he built...
Husuni Kubwa Palace, Kilwa, Tanzania - Reconstruction
The island of Kilwa Kisiwani was one of the most important sultanates in the Swahili Coast trade network, linking East Africa to the Arabic world. For over 300 years, gold and ivory passed out of its ports, while Chinese silk and porcelain...
Queen's Megaron of the Palace of Knossos
The largely restored Queen's Megaron of the Palace of Knossos, Crete. The room was adorned with frescoes which today are preserved as copies in their original position. The most striking is the fresco of the Dolphins which decorated the upper...
Model of an Axum Palace
A model of a palace/fortress structure at Axum, capital of the African kingdom of Axum (1st-8th century CE) on the coast of the Red Sea (modern Ethiopia & Eritrea). (Archaeological Museum of Axum, Ethiopia)
Throne Room at the Palace of Knossos
The Throne Room at the Palace of Knossos in Crete was a chamber built for sacred ceremonials during the 15th century BCE and was part of a larger complex that also included an anteroom and an inner chamber. The throne, made of alabaster and...
King Solomon in his Palace
Artist's depiction of king Solomon in his palace.