The Remarkable Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco

The Remarkable Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco

The Bahia Palace, or Palais Bahia, was built in the late 19th century and is located along the northern edge of the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) and the southern edge of the Medina (old town). Its name means ‘brilliance’ or ‘beautiful’, and when you visit, it’s easy to see why. There are over 150 beautifully constructed rooms plus a 2-acre garden surrounding it.

The Remarkable Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.

Although the palace is currently unfurnished, its architecture and details are still worth seeing. Built over a 15 year period, there were two stages of construction by two different men. Si Moussa, vizier of Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Abd al Rahman, built the initial palace. The second phase was driven by the son of Si Moussa Ba Ahmed, vizier of Sulton Moulay Abd al-Aziz. Because it was built over such a long period of time, the architecture and layout are very irregular. The palace would continue to expand as land became available.

The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.

The detailed work of the palace is remarkable as they brought in the top artisans and craftsmen from Fes to work on the palace. Although it had multiple uses over time, Ba Ahmed continued to expand it as quarters for his four wives and twenty-four concubines. Can you imagine the drama in that house?

The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
Palais Bahia (Things to Do in Marrakech).
The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
Palais Bahia - What to See in Marrakech.Best Things to Do in Morocco.
The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
Palais Bahia (Things to Do in Marrakech).

For you cat lovers out there, there are plenty kitties roaming the grounds too. We couldn’t resist taking photos every time we saw them. We even saw this family and the kittens having trouble getting up the step. We had to give him a hand. :P You can see all the cuteness on video too.

Kittens and Cats of Morocco at Palais de la Bahia.
Cats of Morocco at Palais Bahia.
Cats of Morocco at the Bahia Palace Marrakech Medina.
Outside the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.
Cats of Morocco.
Cats of Marrakech Morocco.
Cats of Marrakesh Morocco.

This is definitely a great outing while you’re in Marrakesh. It doesn’t cost much and can make for a relaxing stroll, and if you’re really into architecture and history, you’ll appreciate all the details.

Palais de la Bahia in the Medina Marrakech.Bahia Palace (Best Things to Do in Marrakech Morocco).
The Remarkable Architecture of the Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco.

Outfit: gray v-neck / harem pants / most comfortable flip flops ever

PRO TIPS FOR VISITING THE BAHIA PALACE MARRAKECH MOROCCO:

  • If you love learning more about the history of the place, hire a local guide to take your through the palace and gardens.
  • The palace sometimes closes when the royal family is in town.

Bahia Palace
5 Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid
Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Hours: 8AM – 5PM Daily, Closed Fridays
Cost: 10 Dh or €1

What architectural details do you like seeing the most? Are you a dog or cat person?

xoxo estherJacob

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