Palace  

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The Crystal Palace, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851, symbolizes the rise of modern architecture by its use of glass and steel.
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The Crystal Palace, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851, symbolizes the rise of modern architecture by its use of glass and steel.

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

A large residence where aristocrats usually live.

A palace is a grand residence, especially the home of a head of state or some other high-ranking public figure. In many parts of Europe, the term is also applied to relatively large urban buildings built as the 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 lavish public building which was never a residence; this use may be intended to convey that the building is a "people's palace", where a sort of civic consciousness resides.

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