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Dar Si Saïd

Museum of Moroccan Arts (Dar Si Said)

Dar Si Saïd Review

This 19th-century palace is now a museum with an excellent collection of antique Moroccan crafts including pottery from Safi and Tamegroute, jewelry, daggers, kaftans, carpets, and leatherwork. The palace's courtyard is filled with flowers and cypress trees, and furnished with a gazebo and fountain. The most extraordinary salon is upstairs; it's a somber room decorated with gibs cornices, zellij walls, and an amazing carved-cedar ceiling painted in the zouak style (bright colors in intricate patterns). Look for the prize exhibit, a marble basin with an inscription indicating its 10th-century Córdoban origin. The basin, which is sometimes on loan to other museums, was once given pride of place in the Ali ben Youssef Mosque in the north of the souk. It was brought to Morocco by the Almoravid sultan in spite of its decorative eagles and griffins, which defy the Koran's prohibition of artistic representations of living things. Guides are available on-site.

    Contact Information

  • Address: rue Riad Zitoune El Jdid, 1st derb on right just up from La Bahia Palace, Medina, Marrakesh
  • Phone: 0524/38–95–64
  • Cost: 10 DH
  • Hours: Wed.–Mon., 9–5
  • Location: Medina
Updated: 05-11-2011

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