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Review of El Badi Palace

El Badi Palace
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Half-Day Guided City Walk of Marrakech
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Ranked #25 of 165 things to do in Marrakech
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Reviewed October 5, 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.

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Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

As this place is quite large... it doesnt feel crowded. .even on a busy day. There are some additional galleries around the outside of the open palace but the best thing about this location is the terrace where you can get some great views of the city skyline. I only had my phone camera but I still got some great shots. Its only 10 dhm pp and additional 10 dhm pp to see the additional room containing the restored mosque minbar. Such a good value trip.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

If you're looking for things to do, visit this ancient palace, as it is one of the better ones in Marrakech. An hour is probably all you need to go around the site.
Impressive views from the upper terrace area.

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Actually an impressive ruined palace but difficult to visualise just how impressive it most have been 450 years ago. The palace was pretty substantial and there are a few areas off the main courtyard worth exploring. Probably an hour to give it a good look over.

Got some amazing photos of the Storks who have decided to build their nests on the main outer walls way up high.

Not expensive to visit and quite beautiful and serene once in the courtyard area. Very exposed to the sun so suggest an early morning visit to this one followed by lunch at the nearby Kosy Bar :)

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Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Go early morning or late afternoon as the sight Is naturally open to the moroccan heat. There's not really much left to see and you can go round the sight in about 20 minutes some information in English but mainly in French as that is the second language. The terrace offers a good view of the storkes but is basically a modern affair. The surrounding Jewish quarter offers more interest.

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