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El Badi Palace

El Badi Palace

  • January 20, 2021

The El Badi Palace in Marrakech was a royal residence built by Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour, and it was his great architectural legacy in the city. It was made in the 16th century and, more specifically, after 1578, as it was built to commemorate his own victory in the Battle of the Three Kings.

It had an area of more than 130 x 110 meters and in the center was a large central courtyard, dominated by a huge artificial pond. It had more than 300 rooms and several pavilions with different uses, including official receptions in which Ahmed al-Mansour tried to make the greatest impression on his guests. Not surprisingly, one of the great sources of inspiration for him was the Alhambra in Granada.

The Badi Palace consisted of 20 domes, in addition to many storerooms and ornate rooms despite their multiplicity and prayer mosques, and this glass occupied a special place in the architectural soul of the Saadian Maghreb and was used in decoration.
The palace is currently famous as a tourist landmark. Historical sources indicate that the Sultan brought, for its construction and decoration, the most skilled Moroccan craftsmen and engineers, so that some ancient historians and geographers considered it one of the wonders of the world.

 

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