Government Administration

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Buildings for government administration are often no more than anonymous offices, but those featured in this chapter all have a strong presence in the societies that they had, or have, a role in administering. In most cases, the administration in question was strongly connected with the character of the ruler, and the personal domain of the palace was extended to accommodate the activities of the people who increased that ruler’s influence.

This is shown most clearly in palaces such as Versailles and the Topkapi in Istanbul, where the public role was played out in rooms of great splendour immediately adjacent to more ...

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