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El Badi Palace, Marrakech

Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Erected in the 16th century, El Badi Palace was crafted from some of the most expensive materials of the period. The sultan Ahmad al-Mansur ordered the palace's construction in gold and onyx, with marble colonnades and crystal embellishments. Sadly, one of the sultan's successors looted the palace, leaving behind a brick skeleton that today provides a home for a population of storks. The scale, the story, and the storks all make this an important and evocative monument to explore. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to El Badi Palace by using our Marrakech trip site.
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  • Enjoyed walking around and learning the history of the palace. There was mostly French and Arabic, but also a fair amount of English on the signs. Make sure you also go up to the terrace to get the...  more »
  • This palace was built by the Saadian sultan Ahmad al-Mansour in 1578. It was constructed on the occasion of Moroccan victory over the Portuguese at the Battle of the Three Kings in the town of Ksar...  more »
  • The El Badi Palace is the remarkably preserved ruins of the historic palace of the 16th century Sultan, Ahmad al-Mansur, of the Saadian dynasty. As you walk down the annexes and around the central...  more »
  • Easily spent an hour here enjoying palace ruins. Well sign posted and pleasant to walk around with not too many tourists. Go up to the terrace for the best view.
  • I loved so much the spaciousness and tranquility of this spot. Worth every coin of entrance admission. It is like another city inside Marrakech. Please explore a little bit as there are some hidden amazing photos all around. Great views of the city as well. A super actitivy i wouldn’t forgive if you miss.
  • The view from the terrace above this old palace is worth the entry alone! But, other than that, we found the ruins a little disappointing. If you only plan to visit one of the two palaces in this area (El Badii and Bahia), definitely choose Bahia and enjoy the view in one of the nearby cafes. Entry is 70 Dirham.
  • This ruin is just amazing, the structure and all the small details will keep you busy for a couple of hours. I think that we spend almost two and a half hour here just wondering around. When you think you have seen everything you’ll be amazed of something new. Bring your curiosity!
  • Amazing place. Few visitors, when we visited on January 1st. Would be good with more explanations/descriptions in English.

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