Ramsar Palace

The Ramsar Palace or Marmar Palace is one of the historic buildings and royal residences in Iran. The palace is in Ramsar, a city on the coast of the Caspian Sea.

Ramsar Palace
Royal Palace Ramsar 1.jpg
General information
Town or cityRamsar
Coordinates36°54′11″N 50°39′30″E / 36.90306°N 50.65833°E / 36.90306; 50.65833
Completed1937; 85 years ago (1937)
ClientReza Shah
Technical details
Size60,000 square meters (land area)


The Ramsar Palace was established on a land of 60,000 square meters in 1937.[1][2] The area was a historical garden in Ramsar.[3] Crown Prince Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's companion Ernest Perron was sent to the palace to work as the head gardener shortly after the completion of the construction.[4]

The palace was used as a summer residence by Reza Shah and then by his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.[5] Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his second spouse Sorayya Esfendiari spent their honeymoon in the palace.[6] They also frequently went there when they came across political crisis in Tehran.[7]

Technical featuresEdit

Ramsar Palace

The Ramsar Palace is a compact and modest residence with 600 square metres (6,500 sq ft) square meters area although it lies on a land of 60,000 square meters.[1][8] It is a rectangular building with a single story,[3] and is decorated with works by famous Iranian sculptors and painters.[9] The front line of the palace is made up of carved marble stones which were made by local artists.[5] The common materials used are plaster and mirror in addition to marble.[3] There is a reception hall or central hall in the place which has wooden floor.[3][5]

Current usageEdit

The palace has been used as a museum since 2000.[1] It is called the Ramsar Palace museum or the Caspian museum and is known by locals as “Tamashagah Khazar".[5]


  1. ^ a b c "History of the Ramsar Palace Museum". Cultural Institute of Bonyad Museums. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ Andrew Burke (2010). Iran. Footscray, Victoria: Lonely Planet. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-74220-349-2.
  3. ^ a b c d "Photographer's Note". Trek Earth. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  4. ^ Daniela Meier (2000). "Between court Jester and Spy: The career of a Swiss Gardener at the royal court in Iran. A footnote to modern Iranian history". Critique: Journal for Critical Studies of the Middle East. 9 (16): 77. doi:10.1080/10669920008720160.
  5. ^ a b c d Sam K. Parks-Kia (21 November 2009). "Ramsar, An Iranian Bride to Remember". Iran Review. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  6. ^ Cyrus Kadivar (1 July 2002). "Memories of Soraya". The Middle East. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  7. ^ Fariborz Mokhtari (2016). "Review of Iran's 1953 Coup: Revisiting Mosaddeq". Bustan: The Middle East Book Review. 7 (2): 127. doi:10.5325/bustan.7.2.0113.
  8. ^ Jill Worrall (2011). Two Wings of a Nightingale: Persian Soul, Islamic Heart. Hawthorne, CA: GF Books, Inc. p. 229. ISBN 978-1-927147-05-4.
  9. ^ "Ramsar, an Iranian bride to remember". Travel Blog. Retrieved 27 June 2014.

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