Admire the Splendor of Marrakesh’s Imperial Palaces
Marrakesh is one of Morocco’s four great imperial capitals, and its rulers made sure they left behind plenty of evidence of their grandeur. Most impressive of all is the Bahia Palace, built for a 19th-century grand vizier to the Moroccan sultan. It’s a master class in the fine Moroccan arts—zellij mosaic floors, carved stucco plasterwork and painted cedar ceilings, around a serene garden. The huge El Badi Palace has fared less well over the centuries, and is more a magnificent ruin, with sunken gardens and a massive pool. Its rulers are buried nearby in the opulently decorated Saadian Tombs.