Summer Palace of Queen Marie & Botanical Gardens

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Summer Palace of Queen Marie & Botanical Gardens information

10 lv
Opening hours
8am-8pm May–mid-Oct, 8.30am-6.30pm mid-Oct–Apr
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Lonely Planet review

At the western end of the seafront, this little palace was completed in 1926 by King Ferdinand of Romania for his English wife, Queen Marie (Balchik was then part of Romania). It's a relatively modest seaside villa, although the architecture - a blend of Bulgarian, Gothic and Islamic styles topped with a minaret - is unique.

The half-dozen or so rooms on show contain original furnishings, while behind the palace are the extensive botanical gardens. Around 600 different species of flora are featured throughout a series of themed gardens.

Also within the complex are a watermill, a classical-style nymphaeum and the tiny Chapel of Sveta Bogoroditsa.