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Bahia Palace

o_8557In rich and mysterious East, North Africa, in the charming and mysterious Morocco is one of its main pearls — the ancient Marrakech. Huge palaces, great mosques, cool oasis, eastern sweets, tales of Scheherazade — all of Marrakech, the third largest city in the country.
One of the main and most beautiful sights of Marrakech, located in Medina — is quite young (1880) Bahia Palace (Palais de la Bahia), or, translated, «palace of beauty». It was built for one of the four wives of the harem Sidi Bou Moussa Ahmed, Grand Vizier rulers Moulay Hassan and Moulay Abd al-Aziz. The palace in the Moorish style is well preserved and has an area of ​​eight hectares.
Sidi Moussa beloved wife wanted to present the most magnificent and beautiful palace in the country, although later there lived another 3 vizier’s wife and his 24 concubines. Therefore, in the seven years of its construction the architect Al Haj Mohammed Bin Makki al-Misfui than once rebuilt and rebuilt the palace because the Grand Vizier always buy new adjacent areas. Materials (tiles, marble and others) were brought from all over the state.
Pan-Arab philosophy of the house says that all private should be kept away from prying eyes and bad, with me, in order not to arouse envy in others. That Bahia Palace looks completely unremarkable, even dull, but this impression is deceptive too.
Inside this magic box, where the facilities are located on the basis of the maze, deprived of a clear plan. The interior of the palace shakes his Unbeatable: decorated with painted ceilings, and doors made of cedar wood, a beautiful mosaic combined with traditional carvings in stone and wood — all admirable.
A lot of secrets kept and courtyards decorated with elegant designs, and hedges and tree-lined avenues and tidy splashing fountains. According to legend, the palace courtyards are arranged so that the concubine met while walking around the house. So it was a difficult task for the architect. Luxury furnishings Bahia Palace to us, unfortunately, did not happen.
The palace was built almost a thousand workers from Fez. And when the construction was completed, the vizier became jealous of the Sultan himself, because of elegance and beauty of the Palace Beauties surpassed all the palaces in Morocco. Immediately after the death of the vizier in 1900 by order of Sultan Abd-al-Aziz Palace Bahia was ravaged and plundered.

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