The Queen Marie proved to be a true artist, at the same time poet, painter, architect, botanist, interior designer. The whole area of Balchik is her personal “creation” and a triumph of the most flourishing period in the history of Romania – the interwar one.

Many Romanian aristocrats and intellectuals bought land and built houses in the area in the 1920s, making Balchik a significant cultural centre.

The Palace was initially called Tenha Juvah, turkish name, translated to Quiet Nest. It is a white building with red tiled roofs guarded by a minaret. It is built along three terraces and combines elements of the Moorish style, the Mediterranean style with the local houses.

The unique beauty of the flower garden and arboretum is largely due to the work of Jules Jany, a Swiss. He collected exotic species – mimosas, magnolias, roses, lilies, and cacti – and arranged them in floral compositions, a gardening masterpiece.

From her unforgettable love for Balchik, Queen Mary asked that after her death, her heart would remain there.

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Queen Marie Balchik
Queen Marie and Balchik
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