In 1882, prince Alexander I Battenberg received a monastery named “St. Dimitar” as a gift from the Greek bishopric.
The palace was first built, and the park was gradually built around it. For nearly half a century, the old, unfriendly and stony coast turned from “ugly duckling” into “a lovely swan.” It becomes a favorite vacation spot and the sea baths of the prince. People call it Sandrovo, the name Sandro, with which Alexander I is known among his relatives. The prince arrived with a cabin from Varna, escorted by the Guard Guards. The Seaside Palace is connected with important events around the Annunciation of the Union. It was here that on 6 September 1885 Prince Alexander I, who arrived a week earlier on vacation, signed the Decree on the Unification of the Principality of Bulgaria with Eastern Rumelia.
After the abdication of the prince, the Bulgarian state bought the mansion. The next ruler, who contributes to the development of the gardens and the palace, is Ferdinand. When Ferdinand came to Bulgaria, he took the residence for rent from the state, expanded and upgraded the farm, and on July 27, 1893, at the request of his wife, Princess Maria Luisa, the name was changed from Sandrovo to Euxinograd. By a decree of 1893 he renamed the residence, the name being inspired by the ancient Greek name of the Black Sea – Pontos Euxinos, which means “hospitable sea”. That is, the translation of Euxinograd can be both a hospitable city and a city on the Black Sea.
The Palace of Euxinograd is located by the sea on 8 km from the city center of Varna. It is the first and the oldest residence of the last monarchy regime in Bulgaria
Located on nearly 900 decares of land and includes a main building, greenhouses with rare flowers, gardens, alleys, French park, English park, wine cellar, sports complex, holiday cottages and additional buildings for service staff.
The original project for the main building of the Euxinograd palace was drafted by the Austrian architect Viktor Rumpelmayer in the French style chateau “Louis XIII” (grooved brick masonry, a high mansard roof with a copper plating and a clock tower). The building was finished in 1893 and is seen as one of the most exquisite examples of architecture in Bulgaria after the Liberation.
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