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Built in 1910, the "House of the Pasha", as Dar el Bacha is known, was the residence of Thami El Glaoui, who received the title of Pasha of Marrakesh. An excellent example of Moroccan architecture, with fountains and orange trees in its central courtyard, traditional seating areas and a hammam. In addition to duly-preserved traditional features, the palace also reveals influences from European architecture, since it was one of the first palaces in Marrakesh to feature ostentatious decoration on its facade.
Considered one of the most charming and mysterious gardens in Morocco, the Islamic Garden of Majorelle in Marrakesh was the work of artist Jacques Majorelle for almost 40 years. The property was the residence of the artist and his wife. In the 1980s, the fashion designers Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé went ahead with its restoration, installing the Berber and Yves Saint Laurent Museums in this space, while in Marjorelle’s former workshop, the Museum of Islamic Art of Marrakesh was created.
The Menara Gardens are the ideal place for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you can relax among the olive trees or beside the enormous lake in the central area of the gardens that also serves as a water reservoir. Excellent for taking a walk or relaxing on the banks beside the lake, contemplating the horizon and unique sunsets, the garden attracts both Moroccans and tourists in search of moments of calm and rest, far from the vibrant excitement of the city centre.
The Bahia Palace consists of a palace and its surrounding gardens. This palace is one of the most impressive in Marrakesh, with its 150 rooms opening onto various interior courtyards, while the gardens occupy a total area of 8,000 m². There is also a harem in the palace, which includes a large courtyard with a lake surrounded by rooms designed for concubines. Located in the old part of the city, it is one of the most beautiful examples of Moroccan architecture and one of the main monuments in the country’s cultural heritage.
It is situated in the historic part of Marrakesh and has been a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2008, under the title of "Cultural space of Jemaa el-Fna square". A maze of attractive colours and a wide variety of products ranging from silver to carpets, everything here is bargained for in true Moroccan style. The square is the busiest in Marrakesh, and hosts various types of shows. In the evening, the typical food tents dominate the square and people of all races and creeds gather together to revel in the ambience of this unique site.
The El Badi Palace (translated from Arabic as ‘The Incomparable’) was built to celebrate his victory at the battle of Alcácer-Quibir. Considered a jewel of Islamic art, and one of the most extraordinary artisanal feats of the Saadian period, its construction lasted fifteen years, and was influenced by the Alhambra in Granada. Inside there is a museum displaying a restored 12th-century minbar (pulpit). The complex also includes several large pavilions, stables and dungeons. Currently in ruins, it nonetheless gives an idea of what it was like in its heyday.