Jan 8, 2010

The World's Largest House - Istana Nurul Iman

Taken from the Arabic name, means Palace of the Faith Light; is the largest residential palace in the world and the world's largest residence of any type.

This is the home of Sultan of Brunei's Istana Nurul Iman.

It contains 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, and a floor area of 2,152,782 square feet (200,000 m²). Amenities include 5 swimming pools, and an air conditioned stable for the Sultan's 200 polo ponies, a 110-car garage, a banquet hall that can be expanded to accommodate up to 4,000 guests, and a mosque accommodating 1,500 people.

The palace was built in 1984 at a cost of around $1.4 billion USD and has 564 chandeliers, 51,000 light bulbs, 44 stairwells, and 18 elevators. It is also a home to a car collection that includes custom-made Ferraris and Bentleys as well as 165 Rolls-Royces.

It was designed by the National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin and built by the Filipino firm, Ayala International.

The Sultan's palace is only open three days a year for the Islamic festival of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, marking the end of Ramadan.



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