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Tourist friendly power: world leaders' residences open for visits

June 30, 2014, 11:06 UTC+3
On June 29 the summer residence of the French president - the Fort de Bregancon - opened for tourists
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The Fort de Bregancon maintanance costs over €200,000 a year. The possibility of selling the castle has even come up
The Fort de Bregancon maintanance costs over €200,000 a year. The possibility of selling the castle has even come up
The Fort de Bregancon maintanance costs over €200,000 a year. The possibility of selling the castle has even come up
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Pazo de Meiras, the residence of Spain's general Francisco Franco is available for tourists four days a month. This became possible due to approval of Franco's daughter Carmen
Pazo de Meiras, the residence of Spain's general Francisco Franco is available for tourists four days a month. This became possible due to approval of Franco's daughter Carmen
Pazo de Meiras, the residence of Spain's general Francisco Franco is available for tourists four days a month. This became possible due to approval of Franco's daughter Carmen
© joseluislopezvazquez
The Quirinal Palace in Rome - the resident of Italy's president - can be visited every Sunday from 8:30 to 12:00 local time
The Quirinal Palace in Rome - the resident of Italy's president - can be visited every Sunday from 8:30 to 12:00 local time
The Quirinal Palace in Rome - the resident of Italy's president - can be visited every Sunday from 8:30 to 12:00 local time
© AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
Excursions to the White House have become a 'must' during a visit to the US capital. Foreigners willing to visit the White House can get the necessary  information at their country's embassy in Washington. Photo: the Oval office
Excursions to the White House have become a 'must' during a visit to the US capital. Foreigners willing to visit the White House can get the necessary  information at their country's embassy in Washington. Photo: the Oval office
Excursions to the White House have become a 'must' during a visit to the US capital. Foreigners willing to visit the White House can get the necessary information at their country's embassy in Washington. Photo: the Oval office
© P Photo/Ron Edmonds
Argentina's presidential residence - the Casa Rosada (translated as 'the pink house') - in Buenos Aires is open for tourists on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Argentina's presidential residence - the Casa Rosada (translated as 'the pink house') - in Buenos Aires is open for tourists on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Argentina's presidential residence - the Casa Rosada (translated as 'the pink house') - in Buenos Aires is open for tourists on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
© Kike Calvo via AP Images
The official workplace of the President of Brazil - the Palacio do Planalto - can be visited on Sundays from 9:30 to 14:00 local time
The official workplace of the President of Brazil - the Palacio do Planalto - can be visited on Sundays from 9:30 to 14:00 local time
The official workplace of the President of Brazil - the Palacio do Planalto - can be visited on Sundays from 9:30 to 14:00 local time
© AP Photo/Eraldo Peres
The Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo has served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope. The palace was opened for tourists on March 1 2014 after Pope Francis refused to use it
The Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo has served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope. The palace was opened for tourists on March 1 2014 after Pope Francis refused to use it
The Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo has served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope. The palace was opened for tourists on March 1 2014 after Pope Francis refused to use it
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Prague Castle is the biggest presidential residence in the world. Tourists can see the working space of the Czech leader twice a year - the Saturday after the main national holidays on May 8 and October 28
Prague Castle is the biggest presidential residence in the world. Tourists can see the working space of the Czech leader twice a year - the Saturday after the main national holidays on May 8 and October 28
Prague Castle is the biggest presidential residence in the world. Tourists can see the working space of the Czech leader twice a year - the Saturday after the main national holidays on May 8 and October 28
© prague-information.eu
The presidential palace in Helsinki is now closed for reconstruction and can't be visited
The presidential palace in Helsinki is now closed for reconstruction and can't be visited
The presidential palace in Helsinki is now closed for reconstruction and can't be visited
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The Fort de Bregancon maintanance costs over €200,000 a year. The possibility of selling the castle has even come up
© Patrub01
Pazo de Meiras, the residence of Spain's general Francisco Franco is available for tourists four days a month. This became possible due to approval of Franco's daughter Carmen
© joseluislopezvazquez
The Quirinal Palace in Rome - the resident of Italy's president - can be visited every Sunday from 8:30 to 12:00 local time
© AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
Excursions to the White House have become a 'must' during a visit to the US capital. Foreigners willing to visit the White House can get the necessary information at their country's embassy in Washington. Photo: the Oval office
© P Photo/Ron Edmonds
Argentina's presidential residence - the Casa Rosada (translated as 'the pink house') - in Buenos Aires is open for tourists on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
© Kike Calvo via AP Images
The official workplace of the President of Brazil - the Palacio do Planalto - can be visited on Sundays from 9:30 to 14:00 local time
© AP Photo/Eraldo Peres
The Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo has served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope. The palace was opened for tourists on March 1 2014 after Pope Francis refused to use it
©  EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO
Prague Castle is the biggest presidential residence in the world. Tourists can see the working space of the Czech leader twice a year - the Saturday after the main national holidays on May 8 and October 28
© prague-information.eu
The presidential palace in Helsinki is now closed for reconstruction and can't be visited
© Turisti-info

On June 29 the summer residence of the French president - the Fort de Bregancon - opened for tourists. The fortification built in the XVII century has served as a presidential residence since Charles de Gaulle.

Although the president rarely visits the castle, its maintanance costs over €200,000 a year,  according to the Parisien newspaper.

To visit the residence, you need to apply on the website of the tourist department of the near-by town Bormes-les-Mimosas and pay €10 for the ticket.

Residences of other world leaders open for tourists in this photo gallery by ITAR-TASS.

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