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Marrakech : the palace of Bahia

his palace was the residence of Ba Ahmed, the vizier who assured the regency of the sovereigns Moulay Hassan and Abdelaziz.


Entry of the palace
Entry of the palace
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This palace having been constructed according to the redemption of houses, there is no real architectural group. However, decors of this palace is indeed opulent because he sent for the best artisans and workers.

The visit begins with the "small riad"


Entry of the "small Riad"
Entry of the "small Riad"
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Internal garden
Internal garden
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Internal garden
Internal garden
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Internal garden
Internal garden
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Internal garden
Internal garden
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Internal garden
Internal garden
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This small garden internal opens on big rooms where the vizier received the members of the government. The room has splendid ceilings in cedar painted and pierced by small skylights. It is also there that Lyauté made install the office.


The reception hall
The reception hall
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The reception hall
The reception hall
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Ceilings in painted cedar
Ceilings in painted cedar
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The reception hall
The reception hall
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Details of ceillings
Details of ceillings
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You follow visit by crossing the small courtyard. Four rooms open with this courtyard: these are flats deprived of Ba Ahmed.



The small courtyard
The small courtyard
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The small courtyard
The small courtyard
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The following courtyard is the most important of the palace: 30x50m. Around this courtyard was the flats of the 4 wives of the vizier. 


The court of honor
The court of honor
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The court of honor
The court of honor
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You end visit by the party reserved for the harem: the big riad. In effect, besides his four wives, the vizier had not less than 24 concubines... 


Gardens of the Big Riad
Gardens of the Big Riad
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Towards the harem
Towards the harem
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The harem
The harem
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The harem
The harem
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