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Visiting the Bahia Palace in Marrakech

Do you want to visit the Bahia Palace in Marrakech? Here you will find the information you need, including prices, schedules and photos.

The Bahia Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Marrakech. This is largely because it is an impressive example of Moorish architecture. For this reason, it is almost a must if you visit Marrakech. But so that you decide for yourself if you would like to visit it, here we will show you what you can see.

A bit of history about the Bahia Palace

The Bahia Palace was built at the end of the 19th century, it was intended to be the greatest example of Moroccan architecture, and it does not disappoint.

The palace’s name means “brilliance,” so don’t take the name literally for bay, in Spanish. But, this big place, it was not even owned by the sultan. No, the one who had the palace built was Si Moussa, grand vizier of the sultan, who intended to put all his wives here.

Given the number of rooms in the place, it is intuited that it had many. So, basically, this was the sultan’s vizier’s grand harem.

Information to visit the Bahia Palace

How much?
Admission costs 70 dirhams.

Can you take photos?
Yes, you can.

Which are the schedules?
From 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Bahia Palace has been part of the UNESCO heritage since 1985.

Entrance to the place

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Our visit to the Bahia Palace in Marrakech

Islamic art can be seen in every corner of the palace, in the windows, on the ceilings, chimneys, etc. That fear of emptiness, that once again, is captured. There are also mirrors, in which we take the opportunity to take a few photos.

Using a little imagination, even though there were so many people, you can see the members of the harem and the owner of the house.

The next person to occupy this palace was the vizier’s son, Ahmed ben Moussa. In his time, he had 4 wives and 24 concubines in this place at the same time.

This was not a problem, having a palace with more than 100 rooms. One goes through them as if it were a labyrinth.

The Courtyard of Honor

The Courtyard of Honor is one of the largest sites in the palace, at least from those I saw. But when we went it was under renovation, so we only saw it from the outside as we couldn’t get into it.

Courtyard of Honor under construction

Why is there no furniture in the Bahia Palace?

One of the things that attracts attention is to see that there is absolutely no furniture in the whole place. This happens because when ben Moussa died, the palace was looted and nothing was left except the things that can be seen on the walls, windows and ceilings, luckily they couldn’t take that away. Along the way, we meet a nice and sleepy cat, and in Marrakech, you can see many cats wandering around the Medina.

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Before we left the palace, I was unable to resist another photo in the huge mirror.

Leaving the Palace

Leaving the palace, head towards Jamaa el Fna Square to eat on a terrace overlooking the city. Of course, very TOURISTIC. For lunch, we ordered a Moroccan salad, delicious, and it made me think of our flagship sauce. As a main course, I had a tajine. Here I leave the photos:

After that, we went to the Riad for a while to rest, we already had foot pain, but after that, we continued visiting the city.

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Olga Grijalva Alvarez

Olga is a traveler and travel content creator with 17 years of experience. Her goal is to share useful information to help you plan your adventures. She has visited more than 40 countries and is excited to share her experience with you.

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