The World's Largest Residence

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.


Istana Nurul Iman: 2,152,782 square feet (200,000.0 m2)
The Royal Palace of Madrid: 1,453,122 square feet (134,999.5 m2)
Buckingham Palace: 828,818 square feet (77,000 m2)
The Palace of Versailles: 551,218 square feet (51,210 m2)
Windsor Castle: 484,374 square feet (45,000 m2)
Rashtrapati Bhavan,India: 200,000 square feet (20,000 m2)
The White House: 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2)


  1. but no wine cellar? PAH! Rubbish!

  2. ad the average folk are probably starving.

  3. Now tell me this is how our purchase of their oil raises the country's standard of living for the entire population----right?

  4. obscene in the extreme! . . many people in Brunei live in shanty's with open sewers. The Sultan and his cronies are nothing but gold sucking vampires and will all get theirs eventually.

  5. The first and fourth pictures are not of the palace. It is the Jame Asr' mosque.
    Mitzi, no wine cellars as Brunei is a Muslim country =)
    spider1bobby and anonymouses, alhamdulillah the average folk are not starving and do not live in shanty! I know because I am one =) Most of us are doing quite well and every Bruneian get to have free education and healthcare.
    Yes, the Sultan can be extravagant but he took care of us pretty well. He actually do care =)

  6. The first and third pictures look like the Kiarong mosque, 2km away. Get your facts right