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Day 3 Bahia Palace, Mellah

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The Bahia Palace is a palace and a set of gardens. It was built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. The name means "brilliance". As in other buildings of the period in other countries, it was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. There is a 2 acre (8,000 m²) garden with rooms opening onto courtyards.

Marrakech - Bahia Palace
Marrakech - Bahia Palace

Set up at the end of 19th century by Si Moussa, grand vizier of the sultan, for his personal use, this palace would bear the name of one of his wives. Here, the harem, which includes a vast court decorated with a central basin and surrounded by rooms intended for the concubines. The palace has 160 rooms arranged on one floor. As the black slave Abu Ahmed rose to power and wealth towards the end of the 19th century, he had the Bahia palace built by bringing in craftsmen from Fez.

Marrakech - Bahia Palace
Marrakech - Bahia Palace

The structures tell a lot about the taste of the nouveau-riche of its time, and can appear vulgar to modern tastes. It was intended to become the greatest palace of its time, but it is really dominated by hasty planning as well as uninspired detail work. Only a part of the palace is visited, because the rest is used by the royal family.

Marrakech - Bahia Palace Marrakech - Bahia Palace
Marrakech - Bahia Palace

Surprised by the huge dimensions of the Court of Honor, covered with marble and tile, with an area of ​​1,500 square meters. From the courtyard you can access the largest and most sumptuous room in the palace, the Hall of Honor, used for official receptions. Also worth considering the Council Chamber by the beauty of its painted ceiling. You can also visit the favorite rooms and the courtyard with its ponds and fountains.

Marrakech - Bachelorette party
Marrakech - Bachelorette party

A mellah is a walled Jewish quarter of a city in Morocco, an analogue of the European ghetto. Jewish population were confined to mellahs in Morocco beginning from the 15th century and especially since the early 19th century. The mellah of Marrakech was founded in 1558, under the reign of Moulay Abdallah of the Saadi Dynasty. It was surrounded by a wall with only two gates that connected it to the medina.

Marrakech - Covered market
Marrakech - Covered market

In the Mellah highlights the covered market, where stands the sale of spices, with their striking stores, with cones of different colors and scents. You can also buy carpets and fabrics. Also interesting is the Place des Ferblantiers, where shops are specialized in the work of the tin. A little further up there is another covered market (kyssaria), where are concentrated the shops of the jewelers.


 

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