"Dar El Badii," the palace of the incomparable, was built between 1578 and 1603 by Yacoub El Mansour, the Almohad ruler to celebrate victory over the Portuguese army during the battle known as the "Battle of the Three Kings" .
The richest raw materials, some of which came from India, were chosen for its construction: gold, onyx, marble from Italy ...
The Andalusian influence in the palace plans is unquestionable and suggests that the architect, quoiqu'inconnu, was to be originally from Granada.
Almost absolute symmetry was imposed in terms of this magnificent house built entirely of brick vaults of great strength.
Indoor gardens called "the desire gardens," which nothing remains today a huge esplanade dug ponds and orange trees, surrounded the remains of the palace and high walls on which a multitude of nesting storks. The Palace was in fact looted in 1696 by the Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail to build elements of the imperial city of Meknes.
Today, many cultural events are regularly held at the Palais, as Marrakech Laughter held annually for five by Jamel Debbouze.
- Hours: Open daily from 8:45 to 12:45 and 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
- Location: Ksibat Nhass. Place Ferblantiers. Cross Bab Berrima and turn right between the high walls.
- Price: 10 dhs. Additional 10 dhs to see the minbar of the Koutoubia.