Tsarska Bistritsa complex

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The hunting lodge in the Rila Mountains was chosen by Prince Alexander I. Later in 1905 Prince Ferdinand I made it a hunting residence.

According to the project of arch. G. Fingov it is built an utilitarian building in a typical Alpine construction style. For her time with the imagery of secession, she looked impressive in the Chamkoria resort, not only with the listing of the villa in the natural environment, but also with its stylish appearance.

The lack of any traditional Bulgarian characteristic at the conceptual level is partly offset by the interiors of the building and its furnishing, where the brothers Peter and Luca Kanchevi worked.


The second one – the palace building – was built in 1911 – 1914 by a project of arch. P. Koichev. Its architectural expression has specific features of a magnificent combination of elements and details close to their Renaissance background. The originality of the facades and interior spaces has been achieved, creating one unique sense of monumentality and comfort.



The water power plant of Tsarska Bistritsa was built by Siemens-Schuchert-Werke in 1912. Until 1914 was positioned to operate on the Bistritsa River, in Borovets.
It supplies the residence and surrounding buildings with electricity. The hydroelectric station itself is organized as a tourist attraction.

Not only is its well-maintained base unique, but also an attractive building in the centuries-old pine forest. The plants like hers are just museum exhibits.

The Tsarska Bistritsa Complex showcases new benchmarks in our national architecture with modern dimensions.


There are two more sites near the Borovets resort and the Tsarska Bistritsa palace – Sitnyakovo Summer Residence, built by architect G. Fingov in 1904 and the Sarah Göll Hunting Lodge. Designed at the same time and by one author, these sites are definitely similar to the architecture of the hunting lodge in Tsarska Bistritsa, the famous utilitarian high-mountain construction, consistently decorated with cozy secession decoration and furnishings.

In the Rila Mountains, undoubtedly, King Ferdinand I, with the architects-designers, create enduring architectural objects that are of artistic value and have clear messages for the future.

Based on: http://www.kingsimeon.bg and www.album.bg