Fodor's Expert Review La Bahia Palace

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This 19th-century palace, once home to a harem, is a marvelous display of painted wood, ceramics, and symmetrical gardens. Built by Sultan Moulay el Hassan I's notorious Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed, the palace was ransacked on Bou Ahmed's death, but you can still experience its layout and get a sense of its former beauty. Don't forget to look up at smooth arches, carved-cedar ceilings, tadlak (shiny marble) finishes, gibs cornices, and zouak painted ceilings. Fancy a room? Each one varies in size according to the importance of each wife or concubine. If you use an on-site guide, you should also tip 30 DH–50 DH.

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Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid
Marrakesh, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz  Morocco

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Rate Includes: 10 DH

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