Marmar Palace in Ramsar
a Popular Museum in Mazandaran
When summer arrives, many passengers travel to Ramsar in Mazandaran province in order to recreate in the dense forests, spectacular countryside regions and sand coasts of the Caspian Sea. One of the most important attractions of Ramsar, that should not be left out, is Marmar Palace or Royal Palace, a building that can be found in the best part of the city.
Located in Rajaei street, Marmar palace is eight minutes far from the old hotel of Ramsar and form there it is just ten minutes driving to reach the beautiful coast of Caspian Sea. Marmar palace was built in 1316 SH in time of Pahalavi I. The architecture is a combination of Hovhaness Onik Gharibian’s knowledge with the Iranian and German architects’.
A few years later, this palace became part of Pahlavi II’s properties and still used as the short-time residence of this family. After the Islamic revolution, Mostazafan foundation became the owner of the palace and now it is open to visit as a museum.
The area of a botanical garden is about 6000 square meters with interesting plant diversity. However, what more attracts people is the architecture of this 600meters mansion.
As obvious by its name, the palace’s façade has been built from marble. The pool in front of the mansion, porch and carved columns are all from marble and is even awesome at first glance.
The reflection of marble columns into the water, between the fishes, completes this appearance.
The palace has a central hall and several large eastern and western rooms. Furniture, chandeliers, candlesticks, desk and other decorative utensils that are as old as Pahlavi I dynasty are highly interesting for many visitors along with the ceiling’s stucco and fireplace.
The paintings, which are hung on the wall, are all the invaluable artworks that have been collected in this complex. In the south of Marmar palace, there is another entrance in front of which the marble sculpture of two Mazandaran tigers is seen; tigers that have been extinct and there is no trace of them in Mazandaran or other parts of Iran.
Old bathroom, warehouse and the installation building are the other mansions of this palace. It should also be noted that the garden and mansion of Marmar palace have been inscribed on the list of National Heritages of Iran.