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“More interesting than most ruins”
Review of El Badi Palace

El Badi Palace
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Kent, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“More interesting than most ruins”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

This place is named after the storks that have taken up residence on the palace walls. They alone are worth a visit. There is a lot of work to do on this place but very interesting to see

Visited May 2013
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Peterlee, United Kingdom
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“Impressive ruins”
Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

impressive ruined palace - basically a massive square inside some huge thick walls. Go to the terrace to watch the storks nesting on the walls, massive birds with incredible nests - they had chicks when we visited. Brilliant to watch hem flying in carrying branches to add to heir nests.
Most of the good stuff in the palace is in the ruins and rebuilt maze of underground passages at the back of the wall next to the toilets.
There is a choice of entry prices 10dh for he palace and 20 dh to visit the palace and also the 'minibar' - we took the 20dh ticket but basically the 'minibar' is a small wooden staircase! That's it! - full stop! - nothing else! a small wooden staircase that Immams stand on when they preach - why looking at this is valued the same as visiting a palace I don't know but my advise is don't bother as you will be disappointed (unless you are a connoisseur of small wooden staircases.
I actually took a point off my review for visiting it!

Visited May 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Interesting and great views”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Great place to visit - if you like ruins. Lots of history and some wonderful views from the roof terrace.

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful Ruins”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is effectively a ruined palace,but even in it's ruined state it is truly stunning. I would recommend buying the ticket for both the palace and Minbar (stepped pulpit) upon entry, our guidebook (which we read once we were already in there) told us that in addition to the Minbar there were also chambers to explore, however we didn't feel we missed out too much (and chose not to walk back to the kiosk to purchase the additional tickets). We spent a good hour wandering around, even in it's ruined state there are still many beautiful parts, if ruins aren't really your thing then you may be disappointed, but the views from the roof and getting up so close and personal with the storks that nest on the palace walls were superb. We loved watching the storks flying around, truly amazing. We found this a very beautiful and tranquil place to visit, the toilets were OK, there was no cafe or anywhere to buy water (unless there was one in the Minbar part) so take plenty of water, we were caught out when temperatures topped 40! There are English signs, although the small exhibition on the history of the area was not in English. We were approached by a guide (not sure if official or unofficial) whom we refused. We were quite happy to wander and the signs provided enough explanation. A lovely place to visit in Marrakech. I imagine that Children would also like exploring this place.

Visited May 2013
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Ely, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“ruin”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Some might be disappointed but this is an impressive complex all be it there is a need for a lot of imagination. The sunken gardens and pools still gives an idea of the elegance that must have existed here. We didn't feel we would have missed out not seeing the minibar but if your there I suppose you have to.

Visited May 2013
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