Peeping into the space behind these ornately painted cupboard doors, I was surprised to see a fireplace
Our Guide explained that in cold weather, the fire would be lit, and the doors opened to allow the heat to enter the room
To be continued...
The Glaoui rulers really wanted this place to stand out and be something amazing - master craftsmen were working on this place continuously for years to make it a place of a '1000 and 1 nights'
unfortunately they were exiled and the place fell into ruin and disrepair - there are still beautiful remains to see while you can though.
Muqarna are wooden 'stalactite' adornments typical of Andalusian style decoration.
lovely ornate stucco and maqarna doorways, tasteful zellij to match on the walls and pillars, decorative use of wooden doors and windows - rather beautiful! - i could look at it again and again - lucky i was able to visit often!
This was a room that id visited numerous times but the just as highly decorated wooden shutters over the windows had always been closed - unlike the other main windows that are always open - this particular day amazingly the guardian opened the window and i got a shot -as quick as a shot!!
Its all a stunning combination of designs, colours and patterns all there together - but sadly the buildings around it are going, going and gone so take the opportunity to see the beauty concoctions while you can
The Glaoui rulers of the kasbah, from where they ruled the High Atlas and southern Morocco, decorated this their principle palace with ornate decoration.
Using Andulucian-style - similar stucco and muqarna seen in the Alhambra in Granada - the rooms have engraved stuccowork, painted wood (cedar) ceilings and doors, and colourful zellij tilework.
Ironwrought windows let in lots of light and colour from outside throughout the day.
the iron work windows in the palace were well regarded for their delicate and intricate patterns.
These particularly enabled the women to have views and fresh air overlooking the surrounds below but still maintaining the necessary privacy hidden away from the public eye.
Several ironwork windows still remain and especially the popularly photographed main window overlooking across to the old slave quarters and down to the gardens and plain below where fantasia displays were traditionally displayed.
zellij - or patterned tiling - is traditionally used in moroccan homes, particularly in reception rooms in which guests and visitors would be entertained.
A colourful mixture of tiling with stucco and paintwork designs on all areas are used in opulent combination in these remaining rooms in which were the reception and harem rooms in the palace.
with years of craftsmen working in the palace for the extravagant desires of the Glaoui Lords of the Atlas there are still very ornate designs to be seen in the palace today - but see it while you can - it is not protected nor maintained and is deteriorating.
The oldest parts from the 18th century of the palace have now disintegrated to just remainging bits of pright walls and broken pieces, the newer palace built by the Glaoui Lords of the Atlas are slowly deteriorating since the King took back power over Morocco from the french and the Glaoui, and the Glaoui families were exiled from Telouet.
But the remaining building accessible is still beautiful - you still get to see the beauty of the opulent decoration - rooms with beautiful tiling (zellij), stucco and musqarna - the wooden or plaster stalactite decorations - and painted wooden door and metal of silver or copper ceilings. also known for its lovely ironwork.
Grande palace in its setting of Telouet - original slave quarters while Telouet was the main base for the Glaoui rulers and since then the family lost power and were exiled - village houses since built around the palace and its ruins
The Glaoui Palace at Telouet is stunning, ornate with expensive decorations but sadly deteriorating - so see it while you can. Its been left to slowly deteriorate since the last rulers lost their power back in the 40-50's.
I have roamed around this palace many times and even the recent visit I am still impressed by the colours,designs and variety - roaming around wondering how life must have been to live in such a place but probably with its imprisoning rules and rituals.
Take as many photos as you can!
Vistit Telouet - only 21 km off the main road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate near the top of Tizin Tichka - which is Morocco's second highest mountain pass so its up pretty high in the mountains.
It therefore is an excellent spot for relief from the heat - usually several degrees cooler or more than the heat of Marrakech and Ouarzazate. It also though can be very cold in winter - of course its up in the snowline but the snow fall is fairly unpredictable so travel should not be assumed to be off the cards during winter.
The main roads are usually cleared fairly quickly as its a major route for access to the centre of the country - at all times through the day and night you will see trucks travelling with their loads on the move. This is where the nearby town of Taddert near the top of TizinTichka is a 24 hour truck and transport stop providing an array of food and fluids and facilities.
Stunning scenery abounds in all directions around the Kasbah of Telouet - and stunning views from its roof - across itself into the sadly deteriorating nearby rooms and buildings with stork nests built precariously on top to across the fertile valleys and villages of Telouet - the old slave quarters and the village centre.
All surrounded by mountains of the Atlas - the altitude providing the advantage of cooler temperatures during the heat of the summer, and in spring the beauty of snow capped peaks and the adventure and romance? of snow covered winters.
There has, apparently, been a kasbah on this site for a couple of centuries, and Ali filled us in on the uses of the various rooms. But it's the crumbling splendour of the twentieth century Glaoui excess that makes it so unforgettable. Winston Churchill and General Patton were just two of the illustrious guests of T'Hami El Glaoui, the "Pasha of Marrakesh".
In order to explore the interior rooms, you must have a guide. The Auberge Telouet can arrange that (Ali was our guide, and he was great) and the guide will get the enormous key from the "Guardien de la Kasbah" to unlock the huge doors. The "guardien"'s name is Mbarc and he's wonderfully friendly. ("Un cadeau" for him is discreetly mentioned by the guide.)
The style is wonderfully excessive -- nothing was too good for the Glaouis. Marble floors, stunning mosaics, intricate hand-painted cedar carvings and shutters around the doors and windows, lacey embellishments which are apparently made from a mix of egg and plaster -- Ali used a word like "stouc" (maybe related to stucco is my guess).
You need to see this place soon -- it's not under UNESCO protection, and there's not much protection from the elements where the glass skylights have broken. Apparently there's no lobbying from the government for UNESCO protection, since the kasbah represents the previous oppressive ruling class, which is currently out of favour -- at least, that's the local take on it.
beautiful and extravagant ornate painted ceilings - made of wood, silver or copper - spent years by master craftsmen to make the palace of 1001 nights