From Palaces-Delubrums to Palaces-Simulacrums

  • Elena Bagina Institute of Construction of Ural Federal University named after B. N. Yeltsin


Today the notion of palace is rather vague. It unites artistically and functionally heterogeneous buildings. Historically, there are two types of palaces: a palace-delubrum (Ancient times, Middle Ages) and a palace-artwork (epochs of absolute monarchies). From the middle of the 19th century different public buildings that had no relation to power representation were called palaces: the Chrystal Palace, the Palace of Nations, etc. In the USSR there were Palaces of Culture, Palaces of Soviets, Palaces of Labour, etc. Such public buildings can be called palaces-simulacrums, which are to cultivate democratic illusions in the society. The museeficated old-time palaces are a dead ‘outer body’ of the deceased rulers. Palaces remain alive only when they are abodes of the Power.


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How to Cite
BAGINA, Elena. From Palaces-Delubrums to Palaces-Simulacrums. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 47-48, p. 78-83, may 2016. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 oct. 2018. doi:


power representation; absolute monarchy; palace as an artwork; democracy; museefication of palaces