Morvarid Palace Ownership Still Unresolved

Morvarid Palace Ownership Still UnresolvedMorvarid Palace Ownership Still Unresolved

The ongoing problem of the ownership of Morvarid Palace in Mehrshahr, Alborz Province is still nowhere close to being resolved, according to a deputy at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Persian daily Donya-e Eghtesad reported.

According to Asadolah Darvish Amiri, the provincial ICHHTO has spent around 10 billion rials ($300,000) on the palace’s maintenance since the day it was placed in the organization’s custody.

“The issue of the palace’s ownership needs to come to a conclusion as soon as possible,” he stressed, adding that the ancient trees in palace’s courtyard are in need of expert care which requires a hefty sum of money.

He urged officials to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible, and added, “The ICHHTO is unable to allocate a specific budget for the building’s maintenance until the ownership predicament is solved.” He did not elaborate.

The governor-general of Alborz Province Seyyed Hamid Tahaei has suggested repurposing the palace to be used as a museum, a notion welcomed by the ICHHTO.

“The organization supports the proposal and is ready to provide the necessary budget to turn Morvarid Palace into a museum worthy of Alborz Province,” Darvish Amiri noted.

Construction of Morvarid Palace (literally: Pearl Palace) was completed in 1972, and was only recognized as a cultural site in 2002.

Due to years of negligence, the palace has succumbed to erosion and is in need of repairs.