I’m a bit of an architecture nerd and I’ve been wanting to do a post on the Moon Palace of the Silver Millenium for awhile now. It’s an interesting building because there are quite a few references there, especially to traditional Islamic architecture, Roman/Byzantine architecture, and bit of Neo-Classical thrown in for good measure.
The Taj Mahal is the obvious reference, and you can see it reflected in the gardens, archways, and overall shape and layout of the palace, all of which can be attributed to traditional Persian-Mughal building styles. The crescent moon that tops the palace, as well as the pillars that guard the main building, are also a common features of Mosque architecture. Later on in the series, the palace looks a little different, this time inspired by European architecture, namely the Sacred Heart Basilica in Monmartre, Paris, France. There’s also a fair amount of Greek and Roman columns seen in the background of the Moon Palace throughout the manga, which makes sense given the time period (the Silver Millenium being 1,000 years ago, blah blah blah) and the fact that Sailor Moon series is kind of a treasure trove of classical mythological references.