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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.[1]

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 (47)

Maziyar Heydari on April 16, 2012

Thank You Bernard

Krystyna Koch NO VIE… on April 29, 2012

Wonderful and peaceful place! Nice photo:)

LIKE Friendly greetings from Poland:) Krystyna.

Maziyar Heydari on April 30, 2012

Very Thankful Krystyna

Manek Taolin on May 19, 2012

Beautiful house!


Best regards from Indonesia

Maziyar Heydari on May 19, 2012

Thankful Dear Manek Taolin

Modesta Roman Tae on August 10, 2013

Excellent shot

Regards from INDONESIA


Maziyar Heydari on August 12, 2013

Grateful Dear Roman

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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 18:06:08
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 12.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash