Government Buildings

The thought of a government building might bring to mind drab, unimaginative hallways and unmarked doors. It does not need to be so! These places represent the opposite of that aesthetic.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Presidential Palace

A symbol of when it was a French colony, the presidential palaces offers a glimpse into the storied history of Vietnam.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vijećnica

Playing host to the killing that sparked WWI was only the beginning of this heralded hall’s story — it’s one of triumph, tragedy, and a tantalizing return to glory.

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Rhode Island State House

Most of the tales we hear about America’s early days are led by protagonists named Franklin, Madison, or Adams… but not this time.

Putrajaya, Malaysia

Palace of Justice

A young republic decided to construct a completely new capital city--and this gorgeous building is the star.

Angoulême, France

Angoulême Town Hall

When besieged by Vikings, it was fit to become a castle; when inspired with the republican spirit, it's become a space for public debate and local government.

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Iowa Judicial Branch Building

Although the Iowa Judicial Branch Building may not be the oldest marble halls in town, the branch’s history is stacked with stories that could fill up a library's worth of bookshelves.

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Iowa Capitol Building

A State Capitol building that provides many reasons why you "Ought to Give Iowa A Try."

Reefton, New Zealand

Reefton Courthouse

Quartz deposits often foretell the nearby presence of gold, as was the case here.

Potsdam, Germany

New Palace

A palatial retreat with over two hundred rooms that served as a hangout used to impress visiting dignitaries.

Berlin, Germany

Schloss Bellevue

The gardens for the primary residence of the president of Germany contained some special buried history.

Bucharest, Romania

Palace of the Parliament

Containing 1.5 billion pounds of steel and bronze, the Palace of Parliament is the heaviest building in the world.

Pécs, Hungary

City Hall

Since 1871, the melodies of the carillon in the bell tower of City Hall have rung out every hour on the hour, signaling the passing of time.

Bruges, Belgium

Provinciaal Hof

Built in 1892, the Provinciaal Hof was formerly used for provincial government meetings in Bruges.

Tatranská Javorina, Slovakia

Hunting Lodge Hohenlohe

In order to make sure Prince Hohenlohe's lodge would become a Slovakian flagship for Aristocratic game hunting across Europe, he employed dozens of locals to keep it up and assigned other establishments to be constructed in his name.

Tasmania, Australia

North Hobart Post Office

The Australia Post, in its 200 years of operation contains a large property portfolio, which includes 73 Heritage buildings that had to meet specific criteria to be on the Commonwealth Heritage List, and North Hobart Post Office qualified.

Minsk, Belarus

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Since its early origins, the organization has been witness to a fair share of major historical events including a rumored assassination attempt.

Melbourne, Australia

Government House

The Ballroom at Government House is larger than the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Althing

The Althing has convened every year since 930 A.D. making it the longest running parliament in the world.

Paris, France

Luxembourg Palace

Once the royal residence of Marie de' Medici, the Luxembourg Palace is now home to the Senate of the Fifth Republic.

Marfa, Texas, United States

Presidio County Courthouse

Built in 1887, this elegantly designed Courthouse in West Texas shows off its European architectural influences.

El Oro de Hidalgo, Mexico

Municipal Palace

Built in a former gold mining settlement, the Municipal Palace of El Oro de Hidalgo is distinguished for the English and French influences in its design.

Helsingborg, Sweden

Sofiero Palace

The former summer home of the royal Swedish family, the Sofiero Palace has a rich history and an expansive array of spectacular gardens.

Bogota, Colombia

Palacio Liévano

The Plaza de Bolívar, home of this government building, has overcome numerous tragedies to remain standing as a cultural centerpiece of Bogotá.

Budapest, Hungary

Sándor Palace

Destroyed during WWII, this restored neoclassical mansion is now the official home of the President of Hungary.

Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

Governor’s Palace

This early American palace burned down and was buried underground for 150 years before archaeologists tried their hand at reconstructing it.

Bangkok, Thailand

Saranrom Palace

This former palace has been the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1932 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Senate of Canada

Formerly Ottawa's central train station, the station's main concourse has been transformed to house the Senate of Canada's temporary chambers.

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