Biggest House In The World

I recently found out that the biggest house in the world is Windsor Castle, located in England, Berkshire. The castle’s floor area is approximately 484,000 square feet (about 45,000 square metres). The castle, after centuries of alterations, contains about 1,000 rooms and occupies 13 acres of land. Who would have guessed? I’ve visited the amazing building a few times on school trips when I was younger. I evidently didn’t pay any attention to the tour guide- but who does at that age? School trips were always about having a reason to escape the school grounds for the day and being able express ourselves in our hip, baggy clothes. That’s probably why I didn’t realise castles were considered as “houses”. I just thought castles were castles and houses were houses. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The actual definition of “house” is as follows: House: a building in which people live; residence for human beings. People live in castles, so it looks like a castle, by definition, is a “house”, and in that case, Windsor Castle is one mother of a house.

Introduction to Windsor Castle

Together with Buckingham Palace in London and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Windsor Castle is one of the principal official residences of the British monarch.

Most of the Kings and Queens of England have had a direct influence on the construction and evolution of the castle, which has been their garrison fortress, home, official palace, and sometimes their prison. The castle’s history and that of the British monarchy are inextricably linked. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years

Brief History of Windsor Castle

William the Conqueror Windsor Castle was originally built by William the Conqueror, who reigned from 1066 until his death in 1087. The castle formed part of his defensive ring of castles surrounding London, the site chosen in part because of its easily defensible position. The building was basically a fortress, as opposed to a inhabitable residence.

His successor William II is thought to have improved and enlarged the structure, but the Conqueror’s youngest son King Henry I was the first sovereign to live within the castle. He was conscious about security, and thought it was the safest place for him and his family.

From then on, centuries passed and many great leaders took habitat in the fortress. Improvements were made, and slowly more and more buildings were added to the overall structure.

It is accepted that Edward III was the monarch who began the transformation of the castle from a fortress to a comfortable residence. However, Henry VIII’s successor and son, King Edward VI (who reigned from 1547–1553), wrote while staying in the castle “Methink I am in a prison, here are no galleries, nor no gardens to walk in.”

Edward VI’s sister Queen Elizabeth I (who reigned 1558–1603) spent much of her time at Windsor and regarded it as the safest place in her realm and would retire here in moments of anxiety, as she described it: “knowing it could stand a siege if need be” While her statement suggests the castle was still very much a fortress, she too contributed to the transformation

The Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 was to prove the first period of significant change to Windsor Castle for many years. Charles II did much to restore and refurnish the castle from the damage suffered during the civil war.

Following the death of Charles II in 1685, the Castle fell slowly into a state of neglect. Needless to say, while the precincts and park remained a complex of inhabited royal mansions, the sovereigns themselves preferred to live elsewhere.

It was not until 1804 – when King George III, the father of 13 children, needed a larger residence than could be found elsewhere – that the castle was once again fully inhabited.

It was during the reign of King George IV between 1820–1830 that the castle was to undergo the greatest single transformation in its history. George IV, known for his extravagant building at both Carlton House and the Royal Pavilion during his regency, now persuaded Parliament to vote him £300,000 for restoration. The architect Jeffry Wyatville was selected, and work commenced in 1824.

The work took 12 years to complete and included a complete remodeling of the Upper Ward, private apartments, Round Tower, and the exterior facade of the South Wing which gave the castle its near symmetrical facade seen from the Long Walk.

Wyatville was the first architect to view the castle as one composition, rather than a collection of buildings of various ages and in differing styles. As an architect he had a preference for imposing symmetry, whereas the castle which had evolved piecemeal over the previous centuries had no symmetry at all. Wyatville imposed a symmetry of sorts on the existing buildings of the Upper Ward, by raising the heights of certain towers to match others, and refacing the Upper Ward in a Gothic style complete with castelated battlements to match the mediæval buildings.

Much of the interior of the Castle was given the same makeover treatment as the exterior. The work was unfinished at the time of George IV’s death in 1830, but was virtually completed by Wyatville’s death in 1840.

Following the accession of King Edward VII in 1901, the castle often remained empty for long periods, the new King preferring his other homes elsewhere. But then…

Who Lives In Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth IIIn 1952, Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne and decided to make Windsor her principal weekend retreat. The private apartments which had not been properly occupied since the era of Queen Mary were renovated and further modernised, and the Queen, Prince Philip and their (then) two children took up residence. This arrangement has continued to the present day.

Windsor Castle Layout

Over its 1,000-year history, the design of Windsor Castle has changed and evolved according to the times, tastes, requirements and finances of successive Monarchs. Nevertheless, the positions of the main features have remained largely fixed and the modern plan below is a useful guide to locations. The castle today, for example, remains centred on the motte or artificial hill (“A” on the plan) on which William the Conqueror built the first wooden castle.

Windsor Castle Plan

A: The round tower
B: The Upper Ward, The Quadrangle (as this courtyard is known)
C: The State Apartments
D: Private Apartments, overlooking the East terrace
E: South Wing, overlooking The Long Walk
F: Lower Ward
G: St George’s Chapel
H: Horseshoe Cloister
K: King Henry VIII Gate (principal entrance)
L: The Long Walk
M: Norman Gate
N: North Terrace
O: Edward III Tower
T: The Curfew Tower

Windsor Castle Quick Facts
  • Windsor Castle is the English county of Berkshire
  • Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle (house) in the world
  • The Queen is often in residence at Windsor Castle and this is indicated by the Royal Standard flying over the Round Tower. When the Queen is not in residence the Union Jack flag flies in its place.
  • The castle’s floor area is approximately 484,000 square feet (about 45,000 square metres)
  • Most of the Kings and Queens of England have had a direct influence on the construction and evolution of the castle, which has been their garrison fortress, home, official palace, and sometimes their prison
  • Windsor is the only royal castle that has been in continuous occupation since the Middle Ages
  • Windsor was on of the first sites chosen by William the Conqueror for the series of fortifications built to protect his new conquest after 1066
  • The majority of the castle was designed by an architect, Jeffry Wyatville in 1824. The work took 12 years to complete and included a complete remodeling of the Upper Ward, private apartments, Round Tower, and the exterior facade of the South Wing
  • The early castle was almost certainly built of wood. It remained a wood and earth structure until King Henry I began to convert the castle to stone
  • On 20 November 1992, a fire began in the Queen’s private chapel. The fire raged for 15 hours until it had destroyed nine of the principal state rooms. One-fifth of the floor space of the castle was damaged -an area of 9,000 square metres. The restoration programme was not complete until 1997; 70% of it funded by the decision to open to the public for the first time the state rooms of Buckingham Palace. The total cost of repairing the damage was £37 million. The restoration was undertaken at no additional cost to the British taxpayer.
  • Windsor Castle is one of three official residences of The Queen and has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years.
  • The castle, after centuries of alterations, contains about 1,000 rooms and occupies 13 acres of land.
  • Windsor castle contains many dungeons which were occupied by many famous prisoners. Some of the famous prisoners of Windsor Castle are as follows: 1265 – The Lord Mayor, called FitzThomas, 1346 – King John II of France and King David II of Scotland, 1413 – The Earl of March and Prince James (later James I) of Scotland, 1546 – The poet, the Earl of Surrey, 1647 – King Charles I.
  • The original functions of Windsor Castle were to act as a royal power base, to overawe and frighten the indigenous population and to provide a retreat for the Royal family in times of civil disorder. It is now one of three a luxury residences to Queen Elizabeth II.
Windsor Castle Pictures

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Birds Eye View

Windsor Castle 2

Windsor Castle 4

Windsor Castle Gardens

Windsor Castle Chapel
Windsor Castle Chapel

Windsor Castle Crimson Room
Windsor Castle Crimson Room

Windsor Castle Banqueting Room
Windsor Castle Banqueting Room

Visit Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is all year round to the general public, although opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. Visitors can see five main areas (subject to opening arrangements) on a visit to Windsor Castle: the State Apartments, St George’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, the Castle Exhibition and the exhibition in the Drawings Gallery. Between October and March, the semi-state rooms are also open to the public. For more information, go to the official Windsor Castle website

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daniel2009-11-16 01:52:11

cool, id hate to pay the light bill

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Shea2009-11-27 19:40:32

damn.... thats all i got to say!

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JOE BAXI2009-12-11 02:15:07

How much you looking for this castle/house? will pop check in post this week. i dont want to live in it i just want to curl a steaming turd out on that lovely green lawn. You people commenting on this are all SHIT GUY'S end of NOT ARSED. and daniel you dont have to worry about the doe for the lights because you wont even be able to a fford a light bulb for the boiler cubard. thats my opinion you bunch of SHIT GUYS

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nella from perth australia2009-12-20 01:56:26

hey all, this may a huge house/castle, but i think the 'Antilia Residence' in mumbai is the largest and the most expensive. Estimated at over $1 billion, Antilia Residence is designed as the largest and tallest “living wall” in the world — a seamless, vertical garden that encompasses all walls of the building climbing to the 40th floor. A modern day Hanging Gardens with a revolutionary design that stretches the boundaries of architecture and engineering, and questions traditional skyscraper design.

The building’s height is significant. According to the plan, the house will rise to a height of 173.12 meters, equivalent to that of a regular 50-storied residential building. However, Antilia will have only 27 stories in all, which means each floor will have a ceiling considerably higher than the current average of nearly three meters. 27 Storey Home
The design of the Residence Antilia, as it came to be called, was kept a close secret even after construction started in 2006. In early May, 2007, the architects released the building’s design to the public on their website.

Designed by Chicago architecture firm Perkins + Will, the in-progress glass-tower is estimated at over $1 billion. Construction of Mukesh Ambani’s new house at Altamount Road in Mumbai, where real estate prices are now in the region of Rs 75,000 per sq ft, began in late 2006, and the first six floors are already in place. The building is expected to be complete in September 2008. It is said to feature the following-

Six floors for parking
The first six floors — which have come up — will be reserved for parking alone, and that too for cars belonging only to Mukesh’s family. Space for a total of 168 ‘imported’ cars has been earmarked here. Floor for car maintenance
Sources said the Ambanis would prefer to have all their cars serviced and maintained at an in-house service centre. This centre will be set up on the seventh floor. Entertainment floor
The eighth floor will have an entertainment center comprising a mini-theater with a seating capacity of 50. Balconies with gardens
The rooftop of the mini-theater will serve as a garden, and immediately above that, three more balconies with terrace gardens will be independent floors. The ‘health’ floors
While the ninth floor will be a ‘refuge’ floor — meant to be used for rescue in emergencies — two floors above that will be set aside for ‘health.’ One of these will have facilities for athletics and a swimming pool, while the other will have a health club complete with the latest gym equipment. For guests
There will be a two-storied glass-fronted apartment for the Ambani family’s guests above the health floors. One more refuge floor and one floor for mechanical works will be built on top of these apartments. Family
The four floors at the top, that will provide a view of the Arabian Sea and a superb view of the city’s skyline, will be for Mukesh, his wife Neeta, their three children and Mukesh’s mother Kokilaben. Air space floor
According to the plan, two floors above the family’s residence will be set aside as maintenance areas, and on top of that will be an “air space floor,” which will act as a control room for helicopters landing on the helipad above. Helipad
The plan states that three helipads are to be built on the terrace.

However, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials told this paper that permission for the helipads has not been granted yet.

“The residential plans were approved three-four years ago. Two levels of basement have also been shown in the proposed project,” Sudhir Shinde, deputy engineer at the BMC’s building proposals department said. Staff
Nearly 600 staffers are expected to work full-time in the building, sources said. Total Stats
According to BMC records, the total area of Mukesh’s Altamount Road plot is 4,532.39 square meters. The proposed built-up area is 4,778.09 square meters (only for residential purposes), and the permissible built-up area 4,939.81 square meters.

so basically this place has just whooped windsor castle's butt.

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kelly2010-01-01 00:59:50

I love the house it is the best house int he world.But I know something that it was a castle back trhen.Oh and just because a queen and king owned it dosen't mean they are rich. But of course you know that kings and queens and kings are rich. But I steal don't know how they can aford that house

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hey hey2010-01-07 21:05:42

this is not a house, and for those who say it is because people live there bullshit,my apartment building is 8 stories and has 40 apartments, now from what some of you say you would consider my whole apartment building a home. bullshit, a home is where 1-10 people live its livable with one family thats a home, if 400 people can live there its not a home because its not yours, if you pay RENT its not a home, if you live with someone that pays the morgage and your not the kids its not a home, for you. if you have tours going in and out of a house, its not a home. its just a place to live not a home.

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Ana2010-01-17 03:23:31

This is an awsome house!I did not know that it woulb be that big.

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kelly2010-01-17 20:32:04

Holy Tamoly that is the most biggest house in the world i mean my mom fanted when she saw it seriously.She had wished that was her house but the only problem was that she does nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt have enough money to bye that house. I wonder who ownes it I am going to look it up right now

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DHARMENDER2010-01-26 04:49:18

i wish i will celebrate my suhagraat in this palace

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delia2010-02-11 02:17:03

this is a castle not a house. but still i like ti

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babylon2010-02-21 13:21:27

if a castle can be described as a house then also a palace can be too and there is more than one which absolutely dwarfs windsor castle and are much much larger . i cannot remember the rulers name but there is one member of some middle eastern family , a ruler who has a palace that is actually 2100000 sq ft , yes its not a typing error and there are the correct number of noughts but just to confirm what i wrote the palace in the middle east that is the largest residence in the world is 2100000 sq ft , but windsor castle is still awesome , grand and a tribute to the skilled architects and workmen who have built and maintained this residence for centuries .

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suklam2010-03-20 07:41:52

any idea who the fuck owns this house??

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hailey2010-03-27 22:08:22

holy shit i would be lost and forget my room is

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panky2010-04-08 16:11:34

damn!! its my dream house

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doradora2010-05-05 21:57:35

hi everyone you know what¡¡¡¡¡ all of us now it a big house or a castle, well it realy dose´nt matter. we all know it big and realy nice ,and we all dream of owning it, and you know i am right
¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ but for all of those people writting bad words dont have a live . their are big losers . just waiting for the oportunity of ofending people .eint thats the truth .. well thank u for reading me and sorry for ofending some people......

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Virginia Hasselhoff2010-05-06 00:49:59

oh my god! what a huge house
i mean castle
i am so totally jealous!
lolz

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tim2010-05-07 16:34:55

a castle is a house you guys are stupid because the deffination of house is " a place people live in" there is no such thing called a castle house its rediculous that you people think that!

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Bob2010-05-07 20:43:30

The owners are the Royal Family in England, Fucking Bawbags!!
Arguing about if its a house, it may be called the Windsor castle but its used as one of the homes the Royal family live in. So its clearly a fucking house, its just given the title castle. Just like a mansion is still a house but is called a mansion, Stupid Pricks!!

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LOLx2010-05-17 22:54:25

this house/castle, is HUGE.

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laiba2010-05-23 11:52:11

well..yea it is awesome but i am happier with what kind of house i am living in...i dont dream big thing inshallah i will get all these in paradise..infact much better things

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Meh2010-05-25 11:42:00

I think this would have been cooler if i searched biggest castle, the world is just retarded enough now that i have to specify something like "modern house" i suppose. Who cares about this stupid freaking castle, we all know it exists and its big, why dont you show something that you would actually want to repeat to your friends?

Me:Hey Tom guess the biggest house in the world...
Tom:gee i duno the white house?
Me: no its that stupid rotting castle in england.
Tom: i thought you said a house.

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Ash:)2010-06-01 10:28:58

Dude, this is a massive house, whether it actually is a house or not, i dont know. It doesnt really matter. I personally believe that you wouldn't need a house like this. It is very greedy. Instead of using all that money on a waste of space, give the money to the poor, where everyone could be equal. Being greedy and notsharing just a tiny bit, isnt going to get you into heaven. I think that you dont need a house like that, its not proving anything and it certaintly cant make you THAT happy. Having God makes me happy and thats all that matters.

Bless you all <3

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mike2010-06-15 21:00:59

that is the biggest house i have ever seen it would take two weeks to walk around the whole thing

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Raghavendra Soni2010-06-27 17:59:25

This is really a very big house... i wanna see this in real

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lance2010-07-01 07:04:42

Wow! That house is huge. But no wonder, the Queen of England lives there. I mean, my house is only 23,000 sq. ft. that house is ridiculously huge.

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moe2010-07-10 17:52:28

what is the point of living large when people die hunger because when u pass a way who is going 2 bye u a castle like this in the dayafter.

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Ben2010-07-19 23:20:34

House.. Castle..
Castle.. House..

What difference does it make?

How about we go with the word "Home".. because yes, at some point it would have been someone's home. So, on that note, it's the world's largest home.

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yo momma2010-07-21 20:05:10

Who cares! it almost the samething

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alexa2010-07-30 18:24:51

i would be scared to live there! AND IT LOOKS LIKE A HARRY POTTER SCHOOL.

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Briah2010-08-07 00:23:56

Well that castle/house is nice but right now i am planning to get my house built and my house is gonna be the best house ever when it get built i will put it on the internet and my house will be the biggest house in the universe and nobody will be able to beat it me and my friend enzire will live together and we will be more famous than the president so you might see me and enzire's name in the paper and i will have 5 private jets 5 submarin's and my house will have 502,555,412,000 rooms i am still thinking of somemore rooms though but still her house is cute to

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kick ass2010-08-10 00:35:23

briah is a fat ass he is the most fates man on earth you had sex with a boy hahahahahahahahahahah fat ass sac my balls

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kick ass2010-08-10 00:41:14

hi that is my houes mother fackers hahahahahahahaha

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michelle joy2010-08-14 02:51:14

so beautiful ang ganda tlaga sana maka punta ako dyan in my dreams kasi manul pa ako sa other country pero proud ako maging pilipino i love philippines heheehhehehheeheeh? sana kahit imiganation lng or panaginip ko maka punta ako dyan? hehehhheeh XD :))

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regina ammmmayyyaaa2010-08-22 02:41:35

whoaa i have a house like that is of
13 ches more high than michael jacksons house im roch it ha 13 rooms and a bathroom in each room wit its on hot tub and a huge huge hue pool its sooo deep not even my mom or dad cant reach the floor well thats all i got to say byeeeeeeeeee

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shilline2010-10-01 14:04:31

omg that house is so big i want to live in that house/castle omg really big house

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Opal(:2010-10-08 21:38:28

Woahhhh that is one huge house. I just recently discovered that I am related to Queen Elizabeth!! (: It is distantly, but even so. I wish I was rich enough to live in a place like that... I do have a nice place but it is incomparable to that. I wonder how much it would cost to own that place.

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tiffany2010-10-15 15:01:37

that house is way too big...how do you get around that place...no wonder queen elizabeth disappears for a while...

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mary ann villanueva2010-10-21 00:00:30

im from philippine!,,,woahhh what A verry beautifull house!i just recently have interest to go that castle and visit to meet Queen Elizabeth too! but its not in my dream to have like that kind f castle!;;im very satisfied what i have for the present eventhoug A BAHAY KOBO!,PROUD TO BE A PINAY! GOOD LUCK FOR EVERYONE HAD A GOOD DREAM TO HAVE THAT CASTLE!! GOD BLESS!!

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Lormani2010-12-03 23:08:07

how much would that castle cost today?

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Kanaliy2010-12-13 18:06:23

Dats dha biggest house i ever seen in my life i would love to stay there but, i would be scared to stay at the same i believe i would get lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jazz Potter (Eee :P)2011-03-10 09:35:08

The Dining place Reminds me of HOGWARTS!
Yes, Harry potter's HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY!

-SWoooooooooooooooooooon :P

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Rolando2011-05-23 18:25:23

wow

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Dick bag2011-06-24 02:26:44

this house can suck a dick my house is so big its bigger thn this 1 I have so much room in my house that I can bang 1000 girls in 1room

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waleed2011-09-06 12:50:18

that is not a beautiful houses my house is a very beautiful pakistan lahore green town 03454109095 bey

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Nam Abney2011-10-22 22:32:39

Hi, this is quite a nice blog on weight loss. I look forward to more of such posts in the near future.

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jenne2011-11-05 08:22:07

sooo wow!.... it's so beautiful... i wish i could have a free tour to this place with my family one day..
i really really wanna see this place.... but i don't know how... coz, you know i don't belong to a rich family so i could finance a trip to visit this kinda wonderful place man had ever made..

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Dollie Truluck2012-05-22 13:17:59

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Self Storage2012-08-03 14:52:21

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