The Palace is, as usual, critical for your initial development. And it is built automatically - you don't need to do anything to enjoy its benefits! Thanks to it, your Capital will almost always be more efficient than any other city, so you shouldn't be surprised that it shows better qualities than other cities.
If your original Capital is captured, the Palace will be rebuilt in the remaining city with the highest Population. If you manage to recapture your original Capital, the Palace will not move back, resulting in you having two Capitals: one called Original Capital and the other New Capital. At this point, the original Capital serves only to defend against a Domination Victory, while the new Capital receives all the bonuses that come with the Palace, plus those that come with the Capital title (e.g. Loyalty, city-state bonuses from Envoy, and the Palace Guard Combat Strength bonus). Also, the Capital status also belongs to the new Capital (i.e. wherever the Palace currently is) when policy cards like Colonial Offices, Colonial Taxes, Victoria's ability, the Mission, the Royal Navy Dockyard and the Casa de Contratación wonder are considered. In addition, if Phoenicia has two Capitals, Dido's Move Capital project will move the Palace and the Capital status of the new Capital, while the original Capital remains static for the sole purpose as a condition for the Domination Victory.
As soon as some chieftain managed to become a king, he (or she) began to have delusions of grandeur; living in a hut like everyone else just wouldn’t do. A palace is the residence of a civilization's ruler. The term is somewhat anachronistic, since all sorts of things are called “palaces” nowadays, even gambling casinos. Currently most rulers live in ornate buildings called something like “the White House” or “Government House,” but the effect is the same. Palaces (and their modern equivalents) are designed to do three things: to provide the ruler with access to the people and communications necessary to rule, to defend the leader from attack, and to impress upon subjects and foreign visitors the leader's importance and staggering hubris.
- The American Palace is inspired by the United States Capitol.
- The Australian Palace is inspired by The Lodge.
- The Aztec Palace is inspired by the Templo Mayor.
- The Babylonian Palace is inspired by The Ishtar Gate.
- The Brazilian Palace is inspired by Brazilian barroque churches, such as the Co-Cathedral of Recife.
- The Byzantine Palace is inspired by Byzantine Churches and Basilicas, closely resembling the St. George Orthodox Church in Nea Moudania, Greece.
- The Canadian Palace is inspired by Château Frontenac.
- The Chinese palace is inspired by the Mukden Palace, and possibly the Forbidden City.
- The Dutch Palace is inspired by the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.
- The English Palace is inspired by the St. Paul's Cathedral.
- The Ethiopian Palace is inspired by the Menelik Palace.
- The French Palace is inspired by the Louvre.
- The German Palace is inspired by the Charlottenburg Palace.
- The Gran Colombian Palace is inspired by late colonial buildings in Colombia, such as the Palacio de San Carlos, the presidential palace of Simón Bolívar and of Colombia from 1827 to 1908.
- The Hungarian Palace is inspired by the Royal Palace of Gödöllő.
- The Incan Palace is inspired by the Coricancha.
- The Japanese Palace seems to be inspired by Shiro-style fortifications, most notably by the Nagoya Castle.
- The Korean Palace is inspired by the Gyengbokgung Palace.
- The Mayan Palace is inspired by the Temple of the Giant Jaguar.
- The Mongolian Palace in inspired by the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan.
- The Norwegian Palace is inspired by the Norwegian Parliament Building.
- The Ottoman Palace is inspired by Byzantine churches that were converted by the Ottomans to mosques, most closely resembling the Selimiye Mosque at Edirne and Sultan Ahmed Mosque.
- The Palace shared by Russians and Georgians is inspired by the Peterhof Palace.
- The Palace shared by the Indians, the Arabs, the Persians and the Scythians is a Mughal style building inspired by the Humayun's Tomb as seen in concept art.
- The Palace shared by the Khmer and Indonesians is inspired by Prasat Bayon and the gates of Angkor Thom.
- The Polish Palace is inspired by the Łańcut Castle.
- The Portuguese Palace is inspired by the Palace of Ajuda.
- The Spanish Palace is inspired by the Royal Palace of Madrid.
- The Sumerian Palace is inspired by the Ziggurat of Ur.
- The Swedish Palace is inspired by the Örebro Castle.
- The Vietnamese Palace is inspired by the Meridian Gate of the Imperial City of Huế.