El Badi Palace, Marrakesh

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    imagine the bygone glory days of El Badi Palais

    by angiebabe Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    storks that live on the El Badi walls
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    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.

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    El badi palace

    by Oana_bic Written May 21, 2006

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    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 .....

    by jlanza29 Written Mar 7, 2013

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    not much to see or do here .......
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    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 .......

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    El Badi Palace: nobody here but us storks!

    by SallyM Written Jul 29, 2006

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    El Badi Palace

    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.

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    PALACE EL BADIYou can enter...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    El Badi Palace was grand in...

    by hajin Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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    Storks at Palais el-Badi

    by mafi_moya Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    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.

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    El Badi storks

    by travelmad478 Written Jan 11, 2004

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    One of the sights at El Badi palace is the storks that make huge nests on top of its walls. Look up!

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    El Badi Royal Palace

    by Procaccini Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Entrance of the El Badi Royal Palace
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    We went to El Badi Palace when it was sunset and the palace was already closed, so we didn't visit it.

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    Guest Rooms

    by iwys Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    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.

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    Walls and stones

    by ptitetoile Updated Dec 15, 2003

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    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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