The Castle "In love with the wind"
The construction of the Castle was inspired from a dream from the childhood - to build own magic Castle, the same as in the fairy tales. That's why nevertheless the style is so close to the similar buildings from the Renaissance and Romantic period the real style of the Castle is Magic Style. The nickname of the Castle is In love with the wind, which comes from the extremely phenomena of the nature: the sun shines only when the wind blows.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Castle is a private project, started in 1996, when the designer draws a big cross in the field near the village of Ravadinovo, Bulgaria. At the moment the main body of the building is a huge cross-shaped building covered with the shining copper leafs. As the main construction material is Marble Limestone, the combination of the sunlight, stone's crystals and copper metal gives the incredible feelings once during the sunrise and once a day during the sunset.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Castle is the biggest tourist attraction in Bulgaria with more than 1 million tourists every year. It's mainly for one day tourist family trips. The magic architecture of the Castle, beautiful park, swan's lake and art galleries are excellent place for numerous events and competitions. The game zone of the Castle attracts the guests with the exiting feelings for all ages, starting with the "Hunting treasure" for the kids up to "Ghost hunting" and "Seven deadly Sins" for the adults.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 1996 near the village of Ravadinovo and especially the inner space is still is under construction and not finished. There are many pending designer's ideas to be realized. The castle is located next to the biggest Black sea tourist resorts to the east-south part of Bulgaria. The nearest international airport and sea port is Burgas.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The main building of the Castle, the chapel, winery, art gallery and other outlets are made mainly from the natural Marble Limestone. According the test of the stones in Bulgarian Academy of Science the age of the stones is between 250 and 270 million of years. All the rest construction materials are totally natural, as marble and granite. No any artificial materials were used. The main idea is the building to be eternally.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The main construction material is marble limestone. More than 20000 tons of stones were used during the construction. The castle is Cross shaped building and most probably the biggest building in the world like a stone cross with the dimensions 75 to 32 meters and 29 meters height. The main shape is like a Latin cross. The roof is covered with a copper metal with the total weight of 53 tons. The artificial lake is 5 meters deep. More than 3000 different flowers and trees grow in the park.
Castle, Tourist attraction, In love with the wind, Ravadinovo, Sozopol, Tumpalov, Bulgarian Castles, Movie location, Weddings, One day trip
The project started from the child's dream to build own magic Castle, the same as in the fairy tales. The stones were selected during the first 6 years with the 10 people from the local village. All the architecture elements and construction designs were suggested and realized from the main designer and owner of the Castle.
Most probably the biggest challenge was the idea to make such kind of building, having in mind that there are no any new castles in Europe since last 100 years. All the financing came from own resources and donations of the guest. No any bank loans, no any EU funds or any other help.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Designer: George Tumpalov and Landscape Engineer: Zlatka Tumpalova
Image #1: Photographer Marin Krastev, Main Building, 2015.
Image #2: Photographer Marin Krastev, Lake view, 2015.
Image #3: Photographer Marin Krastev, Winery, 2015.
Image #4: Photographer Marin Krastev, Summer Caffe, 2015.
Image #5: Photographer Marin Krastev, Fairy tale wood carving house, 2015.
Patented. Patent No 0008194, George Tumpalov. 2011, Bulgaria - PBO
Copyrights belong to George Tumpalov, 1996