Simeon Sakskoburggotski Loses Vrana Palace

The former tsar and Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Simeon Sakskoburggotski, and his sister Marie Louise lost their claims to the Vrana palace and it’s surrounding lands in Sofia. The decision was made by judge Petya Aleksieva of the Sofia City Court. Sakskoburggotski has the right to an appeal.

The propositions that Sakskoburggotski should pay BGN 8,6 million to the Bulgarian state as compensation for unlawful ownership of the Vrana palace was rejected. The estate will have to pay BGN 93,000 to cover the expenses of the trial. The trial will cost the government 220,000 leva for lawyer fees. The Sofia municipality owes BGN 725,000 for the trial.

Vrana is perhaps the most valuable estate in the tsar’s claims. It was built in the early 20th century as a hunting cottage to Simeon’s grandfather, Ferdinand I. The case of the Sakskoburggotski’s defense team was that Ferdinand I purchased the land around the palace with his own money rather than with state funding, making them liable to inheritance. The courts rejected those claims.

After the collapse of communism, the Vrana palace was returned to Simeon Sakskoburggotski and his sister Marie Louise. Subsequently, Simeon donated the palace to the Sofia municipality with the condition it will be open for public visits. With the new decision, the former royal family loses all rights to the palace and it now becomes government property, unless an appeal is approved. bTV reports that the tsar will indeed file an appeal of the decision.


Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for

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