Water Temple , Botanical Garden

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Marie of Edinburgh, the wife of Ferdinand I of Romania, visited Balchik in 1921 and liked the location of the summer residence, ordering the vineyards, gardens and water mills of local citizens to be bought so a palace could be constructed at their place. Balkan and Oriental motives were used in the construction of the palace that was carried out by Italian architects Augustino and Americo, while a florist was hired from Switzerland to arrange the park. The main building's extravagant minaret coexists with a Christian chapel, perfectly illustrating the queen's Bahá'í beliefs.

Today many of the former royal villas and other buildings of the complex are reorganized inside and used to accommodate tourists. Some of the older Bulgarian water mills have also been preserved and reconstructed as restaurants or tourist villas.

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Comments (75)

Maziyar Heydari on March 1, 2012

Thankful Dear

Omar Gobbi on March 18, 2012

beautiful photo, great capture, <LIKE> a hug from Argentina, "OMAR"

Maziyar Heydari on March 18, 2012

Thanks Dear OMAR

Krystyna Koch on April 26, 2012

Very good and beautiful composition!

LIKE All the best from Gliwice, Poland, Krystyna.

Maziyar Heydari on April 26, 2012

Thank You Very Much Dear Krystyna

Martin Beitz on May 6, 2012

Great perspective and architecture. Like. Greetings from Germany, Martin.

Maziyar Heydari on May 6, 2012

Thankful Dear

BernardJ47 on May 7, 2012

Like40. Wspaniałe ujęcie. Dziękuję za wizytę w mojej galerii i miłe komentarze. Pozdrawia Bernard

Maziyar Heydari on May 7, 2012

Thankful Dear Bernard

Manek Taolin on May 19, 2012

Beautiful shot!

L+F

Best regards from Indonesia

Maziyar Heydari on May 19, 2012

Grateful Dear Manek Taolin

▓ ☻ galloelprimo ☻ ▓ on June 30, 2012

Bello sitio!! like 42

Maziyar Heydari on June 30, 2012

Very Thanks

Boyko TK on October 21, 2012

Wonderful garden and capture! L+F!

Maziyar Heydari on October 22, 2012

Very Thankful

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  • Uploaded on July 30, 2011
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    by Maziyar Heydari
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix HS20EXR
    • Taken on 2011/07/28 17:23:55
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/850)
    • Focal Length: 4.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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