Fez and the Middle Atlas Travel Guide

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Glaoui Palace

  • 1, rue Hamia Douh Map It
  • Fez el Bali
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 03/20/2009

Fodor's Review

Among the medina's many hidden palaces, the extraordinary Dar al Glaoui is one of its most atmospheric. The Pasha of Marrakesh’s second home—he ruled over most of southern Morocco in his day—has fallen into disrepair since Morocco's independence from France in 1956, when his power waned. But amid the crumbling ruins, evidence of its former grandeur is visible in the exquisite cedarwood doors, intricate stucco, tiled salons, and the carved wooden balconies that line its patios. The large estate was comprised of 17 buildings and two gardens, with ornate salons, an enormous kitchen, Koranic school, garages, stables, a harem, and a hammam. Abdou—an artist and one of the remaining family members—or his sister will show you some of its treasures.

Sight Information


1, rue Hamia Douh, Ziat, Fez, Fès-Boulemane, Morocco

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Published 03/20/2009


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