• Bahia Palace - a must-visit place when traveling to North Africa

    You are a lover of nostalgia, you are curious about the royal architecture of the previous centuries, there is no better choice than visiting the Bahia Palace.
    Not only known as the "thousand and one night" country, the beautiful Moroccan kingdom is also a famous area with many impressive tourist destinations such as Casablanca city , Draa valley, royal city. It is impossible not to mention the Bahia Palace with magnificent and magnificent beauty that everyone admires.

    Where is the Bahia Palace?

    Bahia Palace is located in the old town near Mellah or Jewish Quarter , which means "shining" in Arabic, is one of the best and most interesting historical sites in Marrakech (Ma - Morocco) - a very famous city in North Africa. 

    History of the Bahia Palace

    The Bahia Palace was built in the second half of the 19th century between 1866 and 1867. The buildings were originally built for the personal use of Si Moussa, who once rose to his lofty position from the humble beginnings like a slave. 
    Later, his son Bou Ahmed - the notorious king of antiquity in ancient times, when he became king after a coup spent six years in the expansion office of his father's original palace, he recruited Use artisans from all over North Africa and Andalusia to turn Bahia Palace into one of the most impressive residences in the country.
    In addition to Bou Ahmed and his four wives, the Bahia Palace also provides residences for Queen Vizier's harem. It is said that the rooms were assigned according to the condition and beauty of the concubine, with the largest and most luxurious decoration for Bou Ahmed's lovers.
    There was a time when Bahia Palace was the place where the Commander-in-Chief was during the French protectorate and had held events like Marrakech Biennale. Today, the Bahia Palace is still used by the Moroccan royal family to visit dignitaries. When not used for the above purposes, the palace is still open to domestic and worldwide visitors.

    The lavish beauty of the Bahia Palace

    Entering the palace you will understand what it is like to step into the luxurious life space of the 19th century. Bahia Palace consists of 150 rooms - including a reception area, a sleeping area and a courtyard. 
    White is the main color of the building, with a sophisticated and luxurious design, notably the large courtyard is paved with beautiful zellige tiles, in the center is a large fountain, creating an interesting highlight. The surrounding galleries are inlaid with yellow and blue ceramic tiles.
    Bahia Palace - a must-visit place when traveling in North AfricaThe fountains make the palace even more impressive and interesting (Image @kaewww_s)
    The interior of the Bahia Palace is exquisitely decorated with a very luxurious interior. Each of these rooms has beautifully painted wooden ceilings in zouak motifs and intricately carved plaster works. The glass windows are impressive colors, with the artistic pattern that glows beautifully in the afternoon sun. In the past, there were many valuable things in the Bahia Palace, but when Bou Ahmed died, the palace was ransacked and they were removed.
    Once inside, one of the rooms will lead you to a beautiful courtyard corner, paved with white Carrara marble. Although marble originated in Italy, it was brought to the Bahia Palace from Meknes - a royal city of Morocco. In particular, the beautiful garden stretching for nearly 8 hectares is also an impressive point of this place.
    The garden here is a true oasis of orange trees, bananas and jasmine fragrances that provide a friendly, green setting that impresses every visitor when visiting here.

    When was the best time to explore Bahia Palace? 

    The weather in Morocco is quite cool, due to its location on the coast bordering the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, so you can go to Morocco at any time of the year. However, to fully enjoy the beauty of the Bahia Palace , you should go from March to June or from September to December because the climate is quite pleasant at this time, the weather is not too hot. No storms will make your trip safer.

    Notes on visiting the Bahia Palace

    Located on Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid , it takes just 15 minutes to walk south of Djemma el-Fna - the famous market in the center of Medina to reach the Bahia Palace .
    The Bahia Palace Palace is open to tourists visiting daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except for religious holidays. The cost of the guide is 10 dirham, and it is customary to tip your guide so you need to spend to have an interesting and most meaningful trip. 
    After visiting the palace, you can walk 10 minutes to the nearby Badi Palace and see the ruins of the nineteenth century where Carrara marble was used to pave the foundation for  Bahia Palace .
    The splendor, ancient and equally splendid of Bahia Palace is something that cannot be described by the language, so what are you waiting for without coming here and admiring it? 

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