El Badi Palace

El Badi Palace (Arabic: قصر البديع‎ - meaning the incomparable palace) is located in Marrakech, Morocco, and it consists nowadays of the remnants of a magnificent palace built by the Saadian king Ahmad al-Mansur in 1578.

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 marbles 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. Unfortunately, this fairy-like palace, which took approximately 25 years to construct, was torn apart by the Alaouite Sultan Mawlay Ismail who used the materials to decorate his own palace in Meknes. The design of the palace is influenced by the Alhambra in Granada.

In one of the refurbished pavilions, the Koutoubia minbar is now on exhibition.


See also

  • Saadi Dynasty
  • Saadian Tombs
  • Ben Youssef Medrassa

External links

References

  • Meunié, Jean. "Le grand Riad et les bâtiments saâdiens du Badi à Marrakech selon le plan publié par Windus.", in: Hespéris 44 (1957), pp. 129-134
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Magdalena Madeleine
26 April 2017
I totally loved it! Ruins takes you to ancient Arabic times. The place is huge and you can imagine how breath-taking this place was before. Pram friendly. Not much space to hide from the burning sun.
Steph W
6 April 2015
Really cool wander around. Large grounds with orange trees. Go to the terrace for great views. 10 DH admission - lots of people will tell you you're going the wrong way. Just ignore them.
Yana Yakimova
2 October 2013
Although the palace lays in ruins now, you can feel what the intended vision was. It would have been quite spectacular if they had finished it. Also a chance to escape the busy streets of the medina!
Emre Dinçer
1 January 2018
It is a huge palace; probably you should account for at least two hours. Since We were short on time; we quickly browsed it. I would like to spend more time there.
Carl Griffin
5 January 2016
Once nicknamed 'the incomparable' as it was once the most beautiful palace in the world. Unfortunately partially ruined as its structure was used to construct another palace.
Jonathan Terazzi
28 September 2017
Un incontournable de Marrakech selon moi, et peut être mon endroit préféré. Le palais est gigantesque. Une visite qui vaut le détour. 10Dh seulement, évitez celle à 20Dh pour la Chaires, dispensable.
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