El Badi Palace

El Badi Palace, Marrakech: Hours, Address, El Badi Palace Reviews: 4/5

El Badi Palace
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Amanda C
Cwmbran, UK75 contributions
Beautiful palace
Aug 2021
Amazing place in the middle of the hectic city, we loved exploring the history of the palace and to spend time looking around and relaxing
Written August 13, 2021
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Carol G
West Virginia34 contributions
Worth the trip
May 2021 • Family
Enjoyed walking around and learning the history of the palace. There was mostly French and Arabic, but also a fair amount of English on the signs. Make sure you also go up to the terrace to get the overall view. Cost was 70 dirham. We had a free day and tried to go to the Medersa Ben Youssef but it was still closed, as was Bahia Palace. Would go again, it was enjoyable. Not much shade in some places.
Written June 20, 2021
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
Majesty in ruins!
Feb 2020 • Family

This palace was built by the Saadian sultan Ahmad al-Mansour in 1578. It was constructed on the occasion of Moroccan victory over the Portuguese at the Battle of the Three Kings in the town of Ksar el-Kbeer near Tangier. This palace lost it’s glory after it was looted and stripped of the marble and building material after the fall of the Saadian Dynasty . Most of it was taken to Meknes by Moulay Ismail. Now the palace stands in ruins. A tiny little area has been renovated and turned into a museum. You can see stables, dungeons, four sunken garden with huge pools and summer pavilions here. All this gives us a glimpse into the past and shows us how glorious the palace must have looked in it’s heydays.
Written January 20, 2021
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Samuel B-M
Birmingham, UK11 contributions
Immersive, Atmospheric Ruins Of A Historic Palace
Aug 2019
The El Badi Palace is the remarkably preserved ruins of the historic palace of the 16th century Sultan, Ahmad al-Mansur, of the Saadian dynasty. As you walk down the annexes and around the central courtyard, try to envision a thriving court filled with banquets and entertainment for an immersive experience.
Be certain to see the Minbar of the Kutubiyya Mosque, presently housed within the Palace.
Written July 20, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia32,363 contributions
Old ruins
Jul 2019
This is a 16th century palace, but unfortunately not much remains of its former glory. What you do see today are just ruins and very little else. However it's probably worth a visit just to learn something of the history of the country and to satisfy your curiosity.
Written June 8, 2020
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elaishaley
Vienna, Austria535 contributions
Interesting
Nov 2019 • Friends
Going here is interesting. It’s mostly ruins now but nice all the same. Admission fee is 7€ as far as i remember.
Written April 27, 2020
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Ben V
North Shields, UK19 contributions
Use your imagination and feel the atmosphere.
May 2019
Now the best way to describe this experience is to say think of a ruined Buckingham Palace or a ruined castle, then try to picture it when it was in its heyday when it hoasted Royalty, when it was home to opulent people and banquets, flags flying proud etc. That is the best way I can describe this.
Written April 3, 2020
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Alan P
Gateshead, UK26 contributions
Not as good as Bahia Palace, but still worth a visit
Feb 2020
First, it must be acknowledged that this palace is a ruin, having been stripped of its riches and decor by Sultan Ismail Ibn Sharif more than 300 years ago. If you go to the stunning Bahia Palace before this one, El Badi will probably be a disappointment.
But if you can apply your imagination to what is left here (and the video does help), you will appreciate what an incredible and luxurious palace this must have been. As it is, this massive place is still astounding, with plenty to explore.
The most breathtaking feature of the Palace is the Minbar (pulpit) from the Koutoubia Mosque, which was built in Cordoba, Spain, in the 12th century. But don't miss the view from the terrace, and if you're there at the right-time (Feb-July approx), you can watch the nesting storks close at hand.
A pleasant spot with plenty of space for a break from the busy streets - but best not pick a rainy day for it, because there's limited cover.
Written March 30, 2020
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Meghan R
Naas, Ireland28 contributions
Beautiful
Mar 2020 • Couples
Very beautiful to see. We went to both of the palaces and the were both beautiful in their own way. To see what this used to look like and how it was torn down is sad but lovely to imagine as you walk around the ruins.
Written March 24, 2020
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Paul V
Elounda, Greece1,152 contributions
In the heart of Marrakesh a nice palace
Feb 2020
Its a well preserved palace in Marrakesh, big and well preserved. A historical monument of the city. A must to be visited
Written March 13, 2020
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