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The Quiet Nest of Bulgaria - Balchik

Balchik, Bulgaria, The Queen Marie house, Quiet Nest villa

In 1924, Queen Mary of Romania visited Balchik for the second time at the urging of Alexander Satmari painter. Perhaps he knew the area well, because Balchik was visited in that period by the most important painters of the time.
A year later, construction began in Balchik domain. The queen was simply falling in love with the city. Architects Augustino and Amerigo from Italy, along with gardens decorator Jules Jany from Switzerland, had to start the construction, which was finished in 1936.
The garden has an area that mimics the famous Cretan labyrinth, where construction materials were brought even from the island of Crete. Another area of the park is the beautiful Garden of Allah, the alleys paved with stone brought from Morocco.
The park has been transformed over time into a true botanical garden. Now contains over 3000 species of plants, some of them rare, and a collection of 250 cacti, one of the most important in Europe. In 1955, the garden came under the tutelage of University of Sofia, for the study of botany.
For today\'s visitors, a tour through the castle and its garden can be an adventure. The castle, called \"Quiet Nest\" (or \"Tenha Juvah\" in Turkish) is actually a villa with white walls and red tile roofs bordered by a minaret. It is built over three terraces and combines elements of Moorish style, Mediterranean style and Bulgarian houses architecture. It is very close to the sea, being separated only by the cliff. It was the favorite of Queen Mary, where she lived, which is why it still has the name \"Castle\".
Inside, the castle is extremely modest, whitewashed walls, massive carved wooden doors, kept during the Queen’s time. Few objects from that period have been preserved too: carved and painted cabinets, mirrors, chairs and a fireplace. Marble bathroom with bathtub buried in stone, with sink and vanity were kept intact. The explanations are all objects that say that it belonged to Queen Mary, but does not specify from what country was the queen ...
The garden around the Castle is not just a garden, but a real field, lying on a hillside area that there is also other new buildings, each with a well established destination. The park, arranged by specialists at Queen\'s command, was transformed into a botanical garden, because the number of exotic plants witch it shelters.
To be able to visit the entire domain, it is best to purchase a map of its entrance and follow each point on the map. In walking you step takes about four hours to traverse the whole field.

The Sentry-Box

This is the first objective. Entering the Castle is represented by a triumphal arch. The left and right entrance of the castle can be seen in the shallows some stone walls, which are places where guards stood Castle.

Silver well

Located at a distance rather than input, slightly to the left, a silver fountain can be easily missed in the absence of maps. It would be a shame because here, if you throw a penny and it will put a wish will come true. At least so says the legend.

The Garden of Allah

\"The Garden of Allah\" makes the connection between Fountain and Villa Silver Arrow blue. Garden houses should not be missed as a unique collection of cacti outdoors, in fact the largest collection of South-Eastern Europe. Cacti are planted 80 years ago, turned into trees. With luck you can find them in the blossom (August). In this garden can be seen on ancient vases, stone benches and tall cypresses.

The Temple of the Water

A building with arches painted on the inside, scarlet and blue strongly supported by huge columns and features indoor pools where water once was.

Stella Maris Chapel

From the temple, passing through a garden which houses a wonderful collection of roses and climbing some stone steps we reach the chapel \"Stella Maris\". Somewhere along the stone wall that supports the Chapel steps, are kept unique inscription in Romanian the entire field. It is a white marble plaque on which is written in letters almost erased the fact that the field was built by Queen Mary. Plate was covered by ivy in time. The chapel is very small, completely built of stone and painted inside. A small courtyard with a fountain and Christian tombstones can be seen next to the Chapel. While the chapel was still under construction, Queen Mary of Romania expressed her wish that her heart be buried here.

The Waterfall

Here it is impossible not to stop because the view is absolutely spectacular. Whirling water of a river falls from a height of nine meters. Nor does it matter that the water, passing through a channel and flows into the sea, is a bit dirty.

Bridge of Sighs

The waterfall and bridge that spans the canal connects the two sides. Legend says that if the bridge is passed with your eyes closed while you put a wish, it will come true very soon!

Villa \"Mill\"

It is located near the waterfall. It can be easily noticed because the mill was kept, while it was built near the villa, a real resting place for guests of Queen.

Queen Mary\'s Throne

It is a marble chair, shaded by a tree or a table with the right stone. Queen was a favorite of many of the photos of the Queen, located in the Castle, being made in this place. Queen has a favorite space; hence the sea can be seen throughout full splendor.

Queen Mary\'s Grave

It is a secluded corner, which is slightly above the castle. To get here you have to climb some steps paved with stone. The scenery is gorgeous; the sea can be seen perfectly. Grave is dug into the rock, is actually a tomb, shaded by a tree and dominated by a cross, which can see a brief inscription, representing Queen\'s life story. But Queen Mary was not buried here, but in Arges Monastery church.