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El Badi Palace
This palace was built in the 16th century. It was one extremely grand but was looted and left as a ruin by Moulay Ismail the following century.
There are four huge, rectangular sunken gardens and two large rectangular pools.
You can find the holes into which prisoners were thrown.
Look up to see the storks on top of the walls ---they are good luck!
It opens 8.30-11.45 then 2.30-5.45.
The entrance fee is 10dh.
Would I return there? Probably not ---but I'm pleased that I've been!
imagine the bygone glory days of El Badi Palais
Ive read reviews by visitors to El Badi saying theres nothing to see - the thing is, this is a historic site that was once a wonder of the Muslim world. and the meaning of El-BAdi is the 'Incomparable one' so it sounds impressive in name too.
This enormous palace was built by Ahmed El Mansour (the Victorious) after a battle known as the Battle of the 3 kings in 1578 near Tangier - in which his brother was killed alongside an opposing Saadian sultan in league with the King of Spain who had sent his young nephew, the King of Portugal, to fight but was also killed.
Ahmed el Mansour was also known as the 'Golden one' after this battle as he was able to ransom the Portugeuse to finance the building of his new palace!! Italian marble, Irish granite, Indian onyx and goldleaf decorating the walls and ceilings of the 360 rooms its no wonder Spain got rid of its alliance with Portugal!
In 1683, Moulay Ismail (who I consider the bad boy of MOroccan history as he was truly ruthless and has some rather nasty stories from his days lording over his subjects) demolished Palais El-BAdi and used all the valuable materials to decorate his imperial city of Meknes.
It is true there is not a lot remaining but the huge walls that surrounded show what an enormous place this was. There are still remains of rooms and underground dungeons and tunnels and some of the gardens. The area above the main entrance gate is still intact and you can take the stairways up for good views over the area and see the storks that return here for several months each year.
Nice to be up on the walls around sunset - which is when my photos in this tip were taken.
Remains of the old mosque with ancient minbar are visitable with an extra ticket.
All in all one of the major historic must-sees to appreciate Marrakech.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
El badi palace
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.
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No much to see here .....
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 .......
El Badi Palace: nobody here but us storks!
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.
- Castles and Palaces
PALACE EL BADIYou can enter...
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...
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.
El Bali Palace
This palace is supposed to have been the most prestigious of all Moroccan palaces. Unfortunately, it has been destroyed by Moulay Ismail in 1696 so there is nothing left to see except the Koutoubia Minbar (pulpit used by imams for sermons in a mosque).
Price: 10 Dh/pers (US$1) (extra 20 Dh for the Minbar)
Open daily, 8am – 12pm / 2:30pm – 6pm
- Family Travel
This palace was reputed to be the most beautiful in the world - difficult to imagine as you wander around the ruins. It was constructed between 1578 and 1602 and there was apparently there was marble from Italy and other materials from India. It was known as the Incomparable! In 1696 it was plundered for these fine materials and what you see today is all that remains.
The remains are centred around a sunken orange grove and the storks who nest on the remains will look down and cry their woody cry to you!
You don't need to much time here. It was around DH10 per person.
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Storks at Palais el-Badi
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.
El Badi storks
One of the sights at El Badi palace is the storks that make huge nests on top of its walls. Look up!
El Badi Royal Palace
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.
Walls and stones
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 :-)
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