Bahia Palace, a work of Moroccan architecture in Marrakech

Moroccan architecture in the palace of the Bay of Marrakech

In you trip to Marrakech, in Moroccowithout a doubt the bay palace It will be one of the corners that will surprise you the most.

Located in the southern part of the Marrakech Medinawhen you go to visit the bay palace Do not expect to see a large building with a striking exterior architecture.

When you arrive at the palace grounds you will find yourself at a fence and, after crossing a door and walking on a landscaped path, is when you will arrive at the building.

Moroccan architecture in the palace of the Bay of Marrakech

He Marrakech Bay Palace The whole one is distributed on a ground floor, and the palatial complex is the result of having added numerous houses and courtyards adjacent to the original building.

Bahia Palace history in Marrakech

Went to late nineteenth century when the great Vizier Sidi Moussa He decided to start the construction of this palace, for which he summoned the best craftsmen of Morocco.

The works lasted six years, and after finishing its construction in 1900, the bay palace It is presented as a large labyrinth of halls and courtyards, without any uniformity, but with corners of enormous architectural beauty.

To give you an idea of ​​its large dimensions, I will tell you that the palace has 150 rooms and several courtyards, although only one third of its dependencies are visited, which in total occupy eight hectares.

Moroccan architecture in the palace of the Bay of Marrakech

As a curiosity I will tell you that the fact that all the dependencies of the bay palace were distributed on a ground floor due to the great obesity of the vizier, which made it difficult to climb stairs.

How to visit the Bahia Palace

Yes for visit the bay palace you prefer to go with the company of a Spanish guide, you can join this Marrakech private tour which includes the visit of this very interesting place, with a duration of about 3 hours.

And you also have this alternative Private day tour in Marrakech, a more complete visit of the beautiful Moroccan city, also with a guide in Spanish, which includes the bay palace.

Moroccan architecture in the palace of the Bay of Marrakech

What to see in the visit of the Bahia Palace

If you prefer to go on your own, I anticipate that in the stroll through the Marrakech Bay palace you will be able to enjoy the maximum artistic expression of the moroccan architecture, which is a combination of Arabic and Andalusian, with a beautiful decoration.


- Tours and guided tours in Marrakech
- 3-day Merzouga desert excursion
- 2-day Zagora desert excursion
- Quad tour and camel ride
- Excursion to the waterfalls of Ouzoud
- Excursion to Essaouira
- Dinner and Show at Casa Alí

Do not expect to see a perfectly preserved building; on the contrary bay palace is quite «abandoned»Compared to equivalent buildings that you can see in other countries.

However you must look at the mosaics of the walls, in the artistic work of the wooden doors, in the incredible decoration of the arches and in the great beauty of the carefully painted wooden ceilings.

Moroccan architecture in the palace of the Bay of Marrakech

The central point of your visit in the bay palace will be the great Courtyard of Honor.

50 meters long, it is surrounded by a gallery to which the rooms occupied by the four wives and the 20 concubines of the great vizier.

The room that will surprise you most with its architectural beauty is the Boardroom, with its porcelain tiled walls and the ceiling of painted cedar wood.

After the death of great vizier Sidi Moussa, in 1900, the sultan gave the order to plunder the bay palace.

This did not prevent, later, was the place chosen by the French as Protectorate headquarters.

Currently, the private area of ​​the palace is a royal residence and is used to receive foreign dignitaries.

Moroccan architecture in the palace of the Bay of Marrakech

It also has facilities culture Ministry Moroccan.

Finally, if you prefer to visit the Bahia Palace with the company of a guide in Spanish, here is information about guided tours and excursions in Marrakech.

Marrakech bay palace schedule

The Visiting hours of the Marrakech Bay Palace They are from Monday to Sunday, from 8 to 17 hours.

Bahia Palace ticket prices

He entrance fee to the Bahia Palace It is 7 euros.

Pictures palace of the Bay

Here you have more pictures of the Bahia palace, a highly recommended visit on your trip to Marrakech in southern Morocco.

Video: El Bahia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco (January 2020).