Badii Palace

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Place des Ferblantiers, Marrakech, Morocco

Badii Palace Marrakech Reviews

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A Uniquely Marrakech Experience Nov 12, 2010
Located in the heart of Marrakech's Medina in the Kaspah lies the ruins of the Badii Palace. Begun in 1578, this palace was completed in 1594 and was used for festivals and state occasions. Sultun Ahmed Al Mansour Ad-dahbi (whose nickname was the "Golden King") wanted an ornate, elegant palace. Unfortunately, the palace didn't last long and was looted and destroyed by the 17th century by another sultan.

Since 1953, the remains of the palace are an ongoing excavation site, which I found extremely interesting. The grounds of the palace are almost an oasis in the chaotic Medina, which few tourists seem to visit. I went early in the morning and there were no more than eight other tourists. Although the ruins are being restored, visitors can imagine what the palace, pools, fountains and gardens must have looked like in their prime. Signs labeled in French, Arabic and English provide further details about the grounds.

One of the best parts of Badii Palace is the storks who nest atop the palace walls. The birds and their nests are huge, quietly watching the Medina from above. I counted nine storks nesting on my visit.

Admission to the Badii Palace is cheap at 10 Moroccan dirhams. Be sure to wear sunscreen as the sun beating down on the open ruins can be intense. Also be sure to wear comfortable, stable walking shoes as the nooks and crannies of the palace, while interesting, are very uneven.

Getting to the ruins is not for the timid as walking through the Kaspah streets means avoiding cars, scooters, bicycles, horses and donkey carts with no traffic lights. A hint is to stand to the right and put your hand out to stop traffic. If all else fails, stand behind a group of locals and follow them!

It's funny to me that when asking locals about the Badii Palace, the comment is "There's nothing there". I totally disagree and found the Badii Palace to be one of my favorite sights in Marrakech. The ruins are fascinating and the added attraction of the storks is a uniquely Marrakech experience that I will always treasure.
Entering the Badii Palace
Visitors can imagine how the garde…
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montecarlostar says:
Congrats on your feature, Donna!
Posted on: Nov 24, 2010
Koralifix says:
Congrats on having your review featured, Donna! Nicely done.
Posted on: Nov 24, 2010
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Ruins, storks and a famous minbar Nov 13, 2007
The Badii Palace in Marrakech is said to have been one of the world's finest, taking all of 25 years to build. Apparently it only lasted in its original state for one century and then it took ten years for removal to a new capital.

Now there are the exterior walls and just a bit of space indoors, that contains the minbar - additional charge but still very cheap. The walls are the nesting place of numerous storks - oddly I did not see any at all in the rest of Marrakech.

If you don't know about minbars, take a look at http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/199803/the.masterpiece.minbar.htm Photos of the minbar are not permitted. The attendand walks just far enough for you not to know whether you are being invited to take photos anyway or whether he will ponce if you do.
Badii Palace remains
MY palace now
No, OUR palace!
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