Pearl Palace

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ُShams Palace
Kakh-e ُShams (Persian: كاخ شمس‎)
Former namesKakh-e ُMorvarid (Persian: كاخ مروارید‎)
Alternative namesKakh-e Shams
كاخ شمس
General information
Town or cityMehrshahr, Alborz Province
Completedapproximately 1972
Cost$3.5 million[1]
ClientPrincess Shams Pahlavi
Mehrdad Pahlbod
OwnerCultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization
Technical details
Floor area50,000 square ft
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam Wesley Peters
Architecture firmTaliesin Associated Architects
Structural engineerThomas Casey
Other designersStephen M. Nemtin
Frances Nemtin
Cornelia Brierly

Shams Palace (Persian: کاخ شمس‎; Romanized as kakh-e Shams/ Kāx-e Šams, also known as Pearl Palace Persian: کاخ مروارید‎; kakh-e Morvarid/ Kāx-e Morvārid ) is a large estate designed by Taliesin Associated Architects on instructions from princess Shams Pahlavi, elder sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. It was built in the early 1970s and it is located in Mehrshahr near Karaj, Iran.[citation needed]


The majority of the complex is currently occupied by a local Baseej unit who are neglecting its upkeep. Small parts are open to the public as a result of pressure from the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran.[citation needed]

The building was recognized as a cultural heritage only in 2002, and registered by the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran. It is currently in need of massive repairs.[citation needed]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frank Lloyd Wright, Nima Kasraie". The Iranian. Retrieved 2016-11-17.

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Coordinates: 35°47′16″N 50°53′12″E / 35.78778°N 50.88667°E / 35.78778; 50.88667