The Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City, was the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government of two dynasties, the Ming (1368-1644) and the Quing (1644-1912). Constructed from 1406 to 1420 by the third Ming emperor Zhu Di, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha. Due to the last Qing emperor Puyi, twenty-four emperors lived and ruled from this place for about 500 years.
In 1987 it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and today it is one of the most comprehensive chinese museums.