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Principal Palace

Istana Nurul Iman

The “Istana Nurul Iman” has a meaning of "Palace of the Light of Faith". The palace was built in 1980 and completed in 1984 serves the seat of the Brunei government and the official residence of the 29th Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.

This world's largest palace according to Guinness World Records is located in Lumadin Hill, Tutong Street, on the banks of the Brunei River, few miles south of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's capital. The Istana Nurul Iman’s size is 2,152,782 square feet (200,000 m²) of floorspace. For the comparison of the size to other palaces are Royal Palace of Madrid: 1,453,122 square feet (134,999 m2), Buckingham Palace: 828,818 square feet (77,000 m2), and The Palace of Versailles: 721,206 square feet (67,002 m2).

The Istana Nurul Iman’s massive size is supported by various best qualities of facilities. The palace contains 1,788 rooms, which includes 257 bathrooms, one banquet hall that can accommodate up to 5,000 guests, one mosque can accommodate up to 1,500 people. The palace also includes 110 car garages, air conditioned stable for the Sultan's 200 polo ponies, 5 swimming pools, clinics, athletic complex, 44 steps, 564 pendant lamps, and 51,000 light bulbs.

The classical Malay-Muslim Palace is designed by Filipino architect Leandro V. Locsin. The Interior designer is Kuan Chew, Design Principal of KCA International. Its construction was handled by Ayala International, a Filipino construction firm, which completed in 1984 at a total cost of around 1.4 Billion USD.

The Istana Nurul Iman is not open for public. However, once a year during the celebration of Eid-ulFitri, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah holds an open house and opens the Palace for public.

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mulyadi arifin mempawah Nopember 06, 2011 21:45

Adakah kaitan antara Kerajaan Brunei dgn kerajaan-kerajaan di Kalimantan Barat indonesia?