Bahia Palace

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Bahia Palace Marrakech Reviews

Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Beautiful building ! Jan 01, 2011
This beautiful building is an excellent example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th century that represents trends and standards of the wealthy who lived at that time.

The El Bahia Palace was built for Ahmed Ibn Moussa (or Ba Ahmed) between 1894 and 1900 in the Alawi style that was popular at the time. Craftsmen were brought from Fez to work on this monumental task which took approximately fifteen years to complete.

It is said that the palace was built as a home for Ba Ahmed’s official concubines, and it has also been said that the importance or favor of each concubine increased along with the size of their bedroom. The name ‘Bahia’ means ‘palace of the beautiful’ and this would certainly seem to fit the purpose of this massive palace.

There are 160 different rooms in the palace which are sprawled out in an open, rambling fashion. The reception halls and private quarters are lavishly decorated and there are several tiled courts – often complete with water features – that serve as open air areas where the women could have washed and rested themselves.

Decorations take the form of subtle stucco panels, zellij decorations, tiled floors, smooth arches, carved-cedar ceilings, shiny marble (tadlak) finishes and zouak painted ceilings. As if this wasn’t enough, the palace is surrounded by an eight-hectare garden where visitors can literally lose themselves in the beauty of the place.

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cicie says:
Congrats Gianis....
Posted on: Jan 16, 2012
Johnpro says:
Thank you very much ... Monica , Donna and Bernard :)
Posted on: Jan 15, 2012
travelfan1963 says:
Congratulations on your feature--I loved Morocco.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2012
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Late 19th century palace - amazing artwork Nov 13, 2007
I have read wildly conflicting reviews about this palace and wildly different comparisons between it and the far older Badii Palace. However I can only review it as it struck me and it struck me hard as mightily impressive design.

I did not realise at the time that it only dates back to the very end of the 19th century and it is described on one web page as a folly. I find that odd as it was intended for residence - possibly for one of the Grand Vizier's mistresses. I have always understood 'folly' to refer to something with no purpose other than to be seen.

Incidentally, you don't need to have an expensive taxi trip to see the two palaces. They are easily walkable from the square.
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msarkar2810 says:
Beautiful pictures!
Posted on: Jan 11, 2012
travelfan1963 says:
Great photos!
Posted on: Feb 27, 2011
bernard69 says:
u are right David about the term folly(folie in France where we have several but less than crazy!),it was sometimes used from the 19th century for buildings of useful aim not only decorative such as mansion.
Posted on: Aug 21, 2010

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