Where 15 of the World’s Most Powerful Leaders Live
1. Bellevue Palace in Germany
Smack dab in the middle of Berlin is this palace, which serves as President Joachim Gauck's home. It was built in 1785 for the youngest brother of Frederick the Great and features a neoclassical design.
The upper floor holds a ballroom for parties and guests, meanwhile, an annex was added to the southern wing in 1998 to serve as the offices of the President.
2. 10 Downing Street in the United Kingdom
The headquarters of the U.K. is where Prime Minister Theresa May lives in the City of Westminster. Even though it doesn't look like much from the outside, it's 300 years old and has approximately 100 rooms.
The private residence is on the third floor and the kitchen for the estate is located in the basement. There's even a famous cat that resides in this building, named Freya, which sometimes shows up for meetings.
3. White Palace in Turkey
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lives in Ankara, Turkey in this palace, which cost $615 million to build.
Even though it has the color in common with another famous white house, this building is the biggest by far and has a total of 1,100 rooms.
4. Élysée Palace in France
French President François Hollande resides in this famous palace near the Champs-Élysées in Paris, which is the same building every former President in the country has lived in since the 1840s.
The palace was originally built in 1722, which explains why every room (including the office) is dripping in glamorous gold.
5. Quirinal Palace in Italy
This palace in Rome is one of three homes the President of the Italian Republic is privy to. However, this has got to be our favorite: Not only is it 20 times bigger than the White House, but 30 Popes have also called this palace "home."
Inside, the palace is approximately 362,533-square-feet and the ninth largest palace in the world. It's beautiful, too. Back in 1556 to 1629, architect Carlo Maderno oversaw the building of this opulent hall.
6. The White House in the United States
This building has served as the official residence and office of the President since John Adams was in office back in 1800.
The Oval Office
The mansion, including this famous office, was designed by an Irish-born architect named James Hoban, took eight years to build and features a neoclassical design.
7. Government Palace in Peru
Also known as the House of Pizarro, this palace was built back in 1535, but has undergone many transformations and renovations since. Today, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski lives in this building, which is known for its iconic wrought iron fence.
The room where press conferences are often held dates back to the 1920s and was inspired by the design of the Mirror Gallery in the Versailles Palace in Paris.
8. Rashtrapati Bhuvan in India
Located in New Delhi, this 340-room building serves as the home of President Pranab Mukherjee. It was built using a whopping 700 million bricks and features an Edwardian Baroque design.
When diplomats from other countries visit, formal gatherings often take place on the premises. There's also a museum which teaches visitors about the building's art, architecture and the country's past presidents.
Since this palace has existed (in some sense, at least) for over a millennium, it is rich in history. No wonder it also serves as the official residence of the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
Hall of Purple Light
When foreign diplomats visit China, this formal hall is used for state receptions and gatherings to celebrate their stay.
10. Moscow Kremlin in Russia
Located in the heart of Moscow, the Kremlin (which means "fortress inside a city") is where the highest members of the Russian government convene. It's also the official residence of President Vladimir Putin.
Each of the five halls in the Kremlin is named for orders of the Russian Empire, including this one which honors St. George.
11. Casa Rosada in Argentina
For obvious reasons, the official residence of President Mauricio Macri is also known as The Pink House. It's located in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires and was built back in 1873.
The President's Offices
The president sits on a chair known as the "Seat of Rivadavia" in his office. There's also a museum inside the building, which contains objects relating to former presidents and a Hall of Busts of past leaders.
12. Kirribilli House in Australia
The Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, prefers this official residence (one of two) in Sydney and has reportedly put his own money into personalizing it to his tastes. Interestingly enough, this house wasn't originally intended to be home for the country's leader.
13. Palacio da Alvorada in Brazil
Ever since 1956, every president of Brazil has lived in this modern home, which features a sleek pool and sculptures by Brazilian artist Alfredo Ceschiatti. Inside, the modern design doesn't stop thanks to open concepts and floor-to-ceiling windows.
14. The Blue House in South Korea
Nearly 150,000 granite tiles cover this iconic building in Seoul, which is where both the President and Vice President reside. It sits on a 62-acre compound, which is covered in gardens and open to the public.
15. Palac Prezydencki in Poland
In the center of Warsaw is the official residence of the President Andrzej Duda, which has stood in the same spot since 1643, but didn't become a governmental structure until 1818. Outside, a statue honoring Prince Józef Poniatowski takes center stage.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.