Bahia Palace (Rue Riad Zitoun el-Jedid, Marrakech 40000) –– The Bahia Palace is located in the medina of Marrakech along the northern edge of the district Mellah or Jewish quarter. Although the exact dates of the construction of the palace are unknown, the building was in use between 1859 and 1873 and was completed by 1900. The palace was built for Ahmed Ibn Moussa (or Ba Ahmed) – grand vizier of the Sultan. This palace once housed Ahmed’s four wives and 24 concubines.
The name ‘Bahia’ means ‘palace of the beautiful’ and this would certainly seem to fit the purpose of this massive palace. There are 160 different rooms in the palace which are sprawled out in an open, rambling fashion. The reception halls and private quarters are lavishly decorated and there are several tiled courts – often complete with water features. Though the entire palace is sometimes closed when the royal family come to town, it is usually open for touring.
Admission: 10 Dhm per person. Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Saturday – Thursday); 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Friday).