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Ksibat Nhass

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Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 4.5Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

It's hard to imagine at first glance, but during the 16th century, the Badi Palace was once a playground for Saadian royalty. Today, all that remains of the Badi Palace are picturesque sandstone ruins, the skeleton of a once opulent home. But you can still envision the Badi's grandeur as you stroll past the four sunken gardens and empty reflecting pools, walk beneath the 50 chandeliers and eight Venetian sconces in the prayer hall, and admire the 300,000 alumnium tiles that adorn the roof. The former palace also houses several objects from Koutoubia Mosque's minbar (or pulpit) that are worth a look.

To fully comprehend the extent of the Badi Palace, several travelers suggest checking out the property's exhibits and paying extra to see the minbar. Others highly recommend taking in the city panoramas from the palace's rooftop terrace.

The Badi Palace is located just east of the Saadian Tombs and a half-mile southwest of the Bahia Palace. The palace welcomes visitors every day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and admission (which covers access to all areas except the minbar) costs 1 euro or 10 Moroccan dirhams (about $1) per person. For access to the minbar, you'll need to pay an additional euro or 10 dirhams. There are no on-site facilities and parking is not available, but visitors can take ALSA's History Tour Tourist Bus to the No. 14 stop. A few traditional bus routes also operate in the area. Learn more about the Badi Palace by visiting the property's website.

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The heart of Marrakech lies in its historic city center – a UNESCO World Heritage site. For centuries, the medina acted as a political and economic hub whose influence radiated throughout the Middle East. Royals resided here, international trade took place here and cultures developed here. As you stroll through this 11th-century labyrinth of alleyways, you'll see that Marrakech's history remains intact.

Past visitors said that the medina is a must-see, especially at night. Most of its popular food and merchandise stalls are situated in Jemaa El Fna, but for a less crowded atmosphere, explore the streets outside the medina's main square. It's easy to lose your bearings here, so some former travelers also suggest visiting with a guide. Companies that offer guided walks around the medina include Marrakech Guided Tours and Marrakech Tour Guide – both recommended by recent travelers.

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