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  • Address: 5 Derb el Arsa Riad Zitoun Jdid, 5 Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid
  • Hours: 9am - noon, 3pm - 6pm, Mon-Wed.
  • Admission: From 10Dh - 30Dh
The crowning glory of Marrakech’s numerous palaces, even the name of the exquisite Bahia Palace nods to its greatness – ‘Bahia’ translates as ‘Brilliance’. Located by the medina, on the northern edge of the Mellah, or Jewish quarter, the Bahia Palace was once the 19th-century residence of Si Ahmed ben Musa (or Bou-Ahmed), the Grand Vizier of Marrakech, who famously lived here with his four wives, 24 concubines and numerous children.

The Palace, a medley of Islamic and Moroccan architectural styles, is one of the city’s most visited attractions, a richly decorated masterwork that was intended to become the ‘greatest palace of all time’. Although ultimately falling a little short of its aspirations, elements of the elaborate design work are exquisite. The dazzling floor to ceiling embellishments took over 7 years to complete, and include intricate mosaics, inlaid wooden ceilings, molded stuccos and gilded finishes.

Highlights include the grand marble-paved courtyard with its beautiful zellij tile-work lining the walkways; the idyllic gardens dotted with orange, cypress, jasmine and banana trees; and the notorious harem, a series of rooms encircling a vast courtyard where the ladies of the house once congregated.

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