Summer Palace of Queen Marie & Botanical Gardens, Balchik, Bulgaria
At the far western end of the seafront, this palace was completed in 1926 by King Ferdinand of Romania for his English wife, Queen Marie, when Balchik was part of Romania. Size-wise, it’s a relatively modest villa, though the architecture â a blend of local, Gothic and Islamic styles topped with a minaret â is unique. Behind the palace are the extensive botanical gardens.
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