Palaces around the world are of interest to both tourists and locals. From England’s iconic Buckingham Palace to Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, there really is a palace in every shape, size, and style. But which palace is the most statistically beautiful according to science?
Interested in finding out, money.co.uk utilised the golden ratio to determine which of the world’s palaces is the most beautiful. To do this, they compared each palace’s dimensions to the golden ratio, a mathematical ratio which can be found in nature, architecture, and even music, that indicates a balanced and aesthetically pleasing composition. Money.co.uk were then able to determine how close the palace’s dimensions are to the golden ratio – the smaller the percentage difference, the more statistically beautiful the palace.
Money.co.uk found that The Grand Palace (Chakri Mahaprasad Hall) in Thailand is the tenth most scientifically beautiful out of all those analysed. The palace’s ratio of height to width is 2.813, which is 74% different to the golden ratio proportions (1.618).
For more information on Thailand’s rankings, as well as graphics and illustrations, please see money.co.uk’s blog post: https://www.money.co.uk/home-insurance/most-beautiful-palaces
The world’s most scientifically beautiful palaces
|Palace||Country||Height/width ratio||Percentage difference from golden ratio|
|#2||Mysuru (Mysore) Palace||India||1.690||4%|
|#3||Forbidden City (The Gate of Divine Might/Shen-Wu Gate)||China||1.783||10%|
|=#6||Imperial Palace Tokyo||Japan||1.133||30%|
|=#6||Château De Chambord||France||1.125||30%|
|#8||Palais des Papes||France||2.158||33%|
|#10||The Grand Palace (Chakri Mahaprasad Hall)||Thailand||2.813||74%|
|#12||Umaid Bhawan Palace||India||3.520|