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 1 or 2 Envoys, and the Palace Guard Combat Strength bonus).
Civilopedia entry Edit
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 Canadian Palace is inspired by Château Frontenac.
- 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 Ottoman Palace is inspired by Byzantine churches.
- The Chinese Palace is inspired by the Mudken Palace, and possibly the Forbidden City (which is also an in-game wonder).
- The Japanese Palace seems to be inspired by Shiro-style fortifications, most notably by the Nagoya Castle.
- The Sumerian Palace is inspired by the Ziggurat of Ur.