Construction of the El Badi Palace was ordered by the Saadien Ahmed el Mansour in 1578 and was not yet completed upon his death in 1603. The most precious materials that could be located were purchased for its creation, all the way to China. There is a beautiful view of Marrakech from the terraces.
The old Royal Palace is only a shell now .... not much to see or do here ....towards the back there is a very interesting Muslim Staircase from the mid 1300's ... other than that the view from one of the roof is the best part of coming here .... you get to see the Atlas mountains towards the east and see the roof tops of the old medina ....
Admission price is a low 20 dirhams ... about $2.50
We walked around the whole complex in about 30 minutes .......
The El Badi Palace was built in the sixteenth century.
It is now a ruin, with all the marble and tiling gone, but the thick walls remain, providing a useful nesting site for storks. The contrast between the noise in the streets outside, and the calm of the courtyard within is striking.
PALACE EL BADI
You can enter this old palace from the Ferblantiers Square. Entrance 10 Dh. This old palace is only ruins of brick walls, so unless you have plenty of time, is much better to see the nearby 'La Bahia' palace. The only interesting thing there is the mosque tower, but you'll have to pay extra to visit it.
El Badi Palace was grand in its day, but only the foundation is left in Marrakesh (I think all the beautiful mosaics and tiling went to one of the other imperial cities). What's left of the place seems to be the home of every stork in Morocco.
What a great place to wander and explore...there are few signs and no one to stop you from wandering into dark hallways and 'rooms.' And a very special part of the visit was that our friend, Mohamed had never had the opportunity to see the inside of the palace before so there were three curius tourists there.
Early in the morning the huge palace echoes with the cries of storks. They nest on top of the crumbling walls and there are literally dozens of them swooping about everywhere.
One of the sights at El Badi palace is the storks that make huge nests on top of its walls. Look up!
We went to El Badi Palace when it was sunset and the palace was already closed, so we didn't visit it.
Along the inside of the wall in the north-west of the Badi Palace is a row of rooms that were reserved for foreign guests, usually from diplomatic missions.
Old palace... There are not a lot of interesting things left...but the view from the roof is very nice and the visit of the undergrounds is funny :-)