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“See the storks”
Review of El Badi Palace

El Badi Palace
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US$37.30*
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Half-Day Guided Tour of Marrakech
Ranked #39 of 173 things to do in Marrakech
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Quite expensive to get in Really not much here but if you are the type that visits welsh castles this will appeal - otherwise save your
dirham and go to the bahia palace instead - the storks however are nice to see perched at intervals along the walls like reincarnated sentries if you are in the area it is worthpopping in for them alone

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Its a huge area and can be quite hot walking around so go in the early hours of the day!
There isn't too much of the actual buildings left ,some lovely mosaics,the tunnels and the water basins are quite impressive.
But the main attraction for me were the storks! They were nesting all over on the high walls, some with chicks ,some still mating. Never seen so many in such a small area!

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Lovely place for a wander. We had a guide with us and he gave us lots of helpful information as to how the palace was used. Very interesting.

Thank serj v
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

The palace, located in the spice and ferblantier souk area is well worth a visit. The cost is only 10 Dirham a ticket and, while there are some interpretive panels dotted around, in hindsight I wish we had secured a guided tour - or at least researched the place a bit more before our visit. The palace is huge and requires at least an hour and a half to explore on your own. It's quite easy to imagine how splendid the palace would have been in its heyday, when the gardens, sunken orchards, pools and extensive tilework were all in their prime. A rooftop reception room affords rather nice views of the city - as well as opportunities to take photos of the population of storks residing on top on the palace wall remnants.
Not to be missed.

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Reviewed 5 October 2013

The original building is thought to have consisted of 360 rooms, a courtyard of 135 m by 110 m and a pool of 90 m by 20 m, richly decorated with Italian marble and large amounts of gold imported from Sudan. It also has a small, underground, tunnel-like jail with about four cells where the king kept his prisoners.


Forecourt of El Badi Palace.
The palace, which took approximately 25 years to construct, was torn apart in the seventeenth century by the Alaouite Sultan Moulay Ismail, who used the material obtained from El Badi Palace to decorate his own palace in Meknes.
The design of the palace was influenced by the Alhambra in Granada.
In one of the refurbished pavilions, the Koutoubia minbar is now on exhibition. There is extensive restoration work ongoing at the palace including rebuilding the walls and restoring the pools.

Thank marie b
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