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Marrakech : Moments & Monuments

Bahia Palace

Marrakech can be overwhelming and you might get hassled or get lost if you are not with a licensed guide. More stuff than in your attic! Loads of stalls selling and making everything. The souk is a week-long project - trudging up alleyways, dodging donkey-carts, bicycles and scooters. Whatever you need or don't need is here. Our experience will start with the Bahia palace, The floor-to-ceiling decoration here was begun by Grand Vizier Si Moussa in the 1860s and embellished from 1894 to 1900 by slave-turned-vizier Abu ‘Bou’ Ahmed. In 1908 the palace's beguiling charms attracted warlord Pasha Glaoui, who claimed it as a suitable venue to entertain French guests. Up next is the Saadian tombs, anyone who says you can’t take it with you hasn’t seen the Saadian Tombs, near the Kasbah Mosque. Saadian Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour Ed Dahbi spared no expense on his tomb, importing Italian Carrara marble and gilding honeycomb muqarnas (decorative plasterwork) with pure gold to make the Chamber of the 12 Pillars a suitably glorious mausoleum. Finally we will visit one of the best places in Marrakech to get spices, essential oils and other goods, after the latter we will go back to Cafe France.

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