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El Badi Palace

760b2c42db12ef53e2bfb99038bb0be5Marrakech — the third largest, beautiful town in the heart of Morocco, with the Eastern traditions, is very crowded, noisy, attracting tourists memories of bygone luxury. Many of the sights of Marrakech are the objects protected by UNESCO.
The Medina (old town), the huge wall of the palace of El Badi (El Badi Palace), created in 1578-1603 years., — An incomparable example of architecture of the Maghreb, «the miracle of miracles», the architectural model of equilibrium in the past celebrated by poets. He was incredibly handsome, no wonder its name translates as «incomparable». Elevated him to one of the representatives of the dynasty Saadian Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, madly who loved luxury, for what it called «Gold». The palace became a symbol of the victory of the governor Ahmad al Mansour over the army of Portugal in the battle known as the «Battle of the Three Kings.»
The palace was decorated with gold, turquoise, crystal, rare species of Italian marble, granite Irish, Indian onyx, precious woods. All of this was imported in Marrakech Sultan money Portugal received after her defeat, India, Italy, Central Africa, Spain, France. The best masters of Andalusia and Catalonia during the day and night working on the creation of eastern masterpieces. According to one version, the prototype of the palace El Badi — a palace of the Alhambra in Granada. Legend has it that the marble for the palace bought for sugar as for small change. Surprisingly, the palace was a system of central heating systems, despite the fact that it was the 16th century. Builders generously paid: annual gold each were issued by live weight of the builder.
But, alas, the history of the palace was not so happily ever after. In 1683, Sultan Moulay Ismail Alawite dynasty, moving the capital to Maknes, decided to build a new palace for himself and ordered to disassemble «Incomparable.» Almost a decade El Badi systematically looted, destroyed and destroyed. All his treasures and finishing materials were taken to the palace of the Alawite.
Walking through the palace, you can see the windows of dungeons, where they lived the servants, to see the remains of the baths, the ancient palace of the arch. From the observation deck of the tower offers views of the inner area of ​​El Badi and old houses around the palace of Medina. Far visible to the main mosque of El Koutoubia. It helps as a guide for tourists not to get lost in any part of the city.

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