Ramsar is the capital of Ramsar County, Mazandaran Province, Iran. With its beautiful sights and exquisite natural attractions has been named the bride of Iran’s cities.
It is probable that its origin goes back to the Pre-Islamic eras. Markuh castle used to be a strategic castle and had a military use during the third, sixth and eight Hijri centuries. From the top levels of this place, everywhere from north to the sea, from east to Tonekabon, from west to Ramsar, and from south to Alborz mountains can be surveyed.
The royal Ramsar Palace or Marble Palace is one of the most precious monuments in Pahlavi era in the north of Iran; it was used until the revolution in 1357. Palace building is in the middle of a garden with an area of 60000 meters and the first modified citrus trees and rare decorative plants were planted in this garden and this is one of the most interesting and versatile gardens in Iran.
The architecture of this garden with a foundation of about six hundred meters is done under supervision of Iranian and German architects at that time. The palace building is made of white vein marbles and has a porch with 4 columns carved out of marble. Two marble statues of tiger are on both stairways at the back of the palace. There is also a blue pool in front of the palace where several caviar fish are kept for decoration.