Tsarska Bistritsa Palace
Prince Alexander Battenberg is credited with the choice of the Rila mount as the location of a royal hunting lodge, which Prince Ferdinand I later turned into the Tsarska Bistritsa hunting residence. The utilitarian building, designed by architect Georgi Fingov, carried typical Apline features, which in combination with the imagery of the art nouveau, proved the perfect style that fit the natural surroundings and made it the highlight of the Chamkoriya resort.
The absence of markedly Bulgarian traditional characteristics in the architectural concept is largely balanced by the interior decoration, executed by the brothers wood carvers Petar and Luka Kunchev.
The palace building was designed by architect Petar Koichev and constructed between 1911 and 1914. Its architectural style manifests a superb combination of elements and details, which make it akin to the original mid-19th century Bulgarian revival period architecture. The specific features of the façade and the interior convey a unique blend of impressiveness and coziness.
The Tsarska Bistritsa complex provided a new benchmark in the development of modern Bulgarian architecture.
In close proximity to the Borovets resort and the Tsarska Bistritsa palace are located another two estates – Sitnyakovo summer residence and Sara Gyol hunting lodge. Both of them designed by architect Georgi Fingov and built in 1904, they carry architectural features akin to the Tsarska Bistritsa hunting residence – the traditional utalitarian high-mountain construction with coherent art nouveau decorations and interior furnishing.
Undoubtedly, King Ferdinand I and the architects succeeded in creating residences of high artistic value and with a distinct message to the future.