Palaces of Splendour
The Bahia Palace is a feast for the eyes with its soaring architecture, intricate lacey stonework, metalwork grilles and gates, brilliantly decorated rooms and shady, fragrant gardens. Occupying 8 acres, it contains the first stained glass windows to be created in the Maghreb as well as countless paintings, carvings and stucco work. It is not surprising that the name translates into ‘beautiful palace’. Not far away is the Dar Si Said Museum housed in another former nineteenth century palace built by the brother of Marrakesh’s Grand Vizier. Filled with vivid Byzantine colours and designs, it now houses displays of historic and contemporary Moroccan art along with folk art, antiques and weapons.