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Palais El Badi
Palais El Badi

Palais El Badi

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Ksibat Nhass, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
+212 674-747464
http://www.palais-el-badi.com/en/
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You cannot travel to Morocco without stopping at the El Badi Palais. The palace was originally commissioned in 1578 and took nearly twenty-five years to construct. It is a quiet place to visit inside ... Read more
the heart of the city of Marrakesh, a place taken for granted by those who live around it for seeing it every day. This palace is a testament to ancient architecture, standing almost completely open to give an ease of access to the corridors in the courtyard. Slightly overgrown with a lush green grass that adds color to the tan coloring you find yourself emboldened to move forward. Overhead are storks that have made nests upon the palace walls gazing down at you in comfort. On your way out do not miss the beautiful orange trees that are constantly in full bloom throughout the courtyard. Whether you are an architecture lover, or have a spark of passion for beautiful palaces, you can not pass this one up.

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Brighton and Hove, UK

Although in ruins, El Badi is still able to give some insight into how Moroccan royalty lived back in the day. The rambling site includes underground chambers, carved gardens and courtyards. There's an informative exhibition about Marrakech and its history and plenty of signage in English. For bird-lovers, it's worth a visit to see the storks that nest on the walls of the palace.

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Dar El-Badii, the palace of the incomparable was built between 1578 and 1603 by Yacoub El Mansour, sovereign Almohade. The richest raw materials, some from India, were chosen for its construction: gold, onyx, marble from Italy ... The Andalusian influence in the plans of the palace is indisputable and suggests that the architect, although unknown, should be from Granada.
An almost absolute symmetry was imposed in the plan of this magnificent house built entirely on solid brick vaults.
The interior gardens named gardens of desire, of which there remains today a huge esplanade dug ponds and planted with orange trees, are surrounded by the remains of the palace and high walls on which nest a multitude of storks.

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Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

A lovely ruined palace in the centre of Marrakech. It makes a lovely, peaceful break from all the activity outside, as very few people seem to visit.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Not as nice as Palais de la Bahia. Palais El Badi is more of a ruin, than a castle. However, it's a nice place to walk around and check out the orange trees and the storks on their nests.

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Pasadena, California
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Now mostly a ruin - though they do seem to be working on preserving it - but still wonderful to see. Just from the sheer scale of the place, you get a feel for how grand it must once have been. Make sure to go down into the cellars - I'm think this must have been where the servants lived and worked - and up into the tower for a view over the courtyard on one side and the roofs of Marrakech on the other.

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Genova, Italy

Se foste a Marrakesh un solo giorno e doveste scegliere una cosa sola, io vi consiglierei di visitare questo palazzo, dimora del Gran Visir del diciannovesimo secolo che contiene ancora i soffitti dipinti più belli di tutta la città.
A sud del grande cortile si trova un grande riad con fragranti alberi da frutto e con un aspetto molto maestoso.

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