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Bahia Palace, Morocco

Built in the late 19th century, the Bahia Palace (meaning brilliance in Arabic) is located in Marrakech, Morocco and is probably one of the most interesting and best-preserved historical sites in Marrakech.

Having housed the Resident General during the French Protectorate era, today the Bahia Palace is a wonderful, historical museum open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm except for religious holidays.

This expansive palace is set over two acres in the middle of the Marrakech Medina. Inside the palace, the harem, as it is often known, is unfortunately off-limits to visitors. You can, however, visit the traditional style gardens that are filled with orange trees and splashing fountains as well as the living quarters and apartments that were used most notably by his wife, Lalla Zineb. These beautiful apartments have exquisite zellige-tiled fireplaces and floors, superbly painted and carved cedarwood and colourful stained-glass windows.