This 19th-century palace, once home to a harem with 24 concubines, is a beautiful combination of painted and carved wood, ceramics, and symmetrical gardens. It was built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. The name means "brilliance". The building is an excellent example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th century that shows how the wealthy lived at that time. The detail may not be as rich as that found in earlier palaces, but it is nevertheless still significant. Make sure you look up at the smooth arches, carved cedar and beautifully painted ceilings, shiny marble finishes, and stucco plasterwork. The rooms vary in size according to the importance of each wife or concubine, and there are 160 rooms sprawled out in an open, rambling fashion. The reception halls and private quarters are lavishly decorated and there are several tiled courts – often complete with water features – that serve as open air areas where the women could have washed and rested themselves. We were fortunate to have the services of an excellent guide for our tour of the palace, which was great because with so many rooms and passageways, etc, it’s probably very easy to get lost! So when you visit Marrakech, don’t miss the Bahia Palace.
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