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Day 4 Marrakech (Dar Si Saïd Museum) - Barcelona

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We ended our stay in Marrakech by visiting the Dar Si Said Museum. Si Saïd B. Moussa, minister of war under the regency of his brother, the grand vizier Bou Ahmed, was also built in the second half of the nineteenth century a sumptuous residence using the same artisans that the Bahia Palace. A museum since 1930, now houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts, with major collections of carpets and fabrics, silver jewelry, weapons and ceramics. Mainly from the southern regions of Marrakech and the plains of Haouz and Souss, High Atlas, Anti-Atlas and pre-Saharan Oasis.

Marrakech - Dar si Said
Marrakech - Dar si Said museum

The Dar Si Said Museum occupies almost half of the palace, comprising the Great Riad with four rooms and first floor, the small Riad, the two floors and numerous annexes. The adjacent rooms introduce visitors to the knowledge of the different kinds of wood used in Morocco. There are exposed stunning wood pieces of civic architecture. The small riad, decorated with refinement, exhibiting shutters and doors of impressive dimensions, including one of monumental size of the fifteenth century, exquisitely decorated. In the area of ​​great Riad you can find lush vegetation surrounding a small fountain. The courtyard is surrounded by four rooms where various objects are presented: work items, traditional musical instruments, typical weapons (knives, guns) and utensils for daily use.

Marrakech - Riad ez Zitoun el-Jdid
Marrakech - Riad ez Zitoun el-Jdid

The upper floor is a true masterpiece of Hispano-Moorish decorative art. All the walls of the rooms are decorated either on stucco or cedar, with a multitude of geometric, arabesque, calligraphy and mosaics. On the whole, with a predominance of saffron and red and orange surprise ceiling height, which reaches 15 meters. The first room is called "bride´s room" and shows matrimonial furniture (chest, wardrobe, mirror, etc). Right and left are the reception room and the so-called "women´s room" with kitchen utensils. The most important exhibit in the Museum is a marble basin dating back to the 10th century, brought to Marrakech from Cordoba by the Almohad Sultan Ali Ben Youssef.


 

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