Inside the legendary Bahia Palace in Marrakech, Morocco
Bahia Palace is considered one of the grand palaces of the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Created by Minister Ahmed bin Musa, in the 19th century, to commemorate the name of his wife, “Bahia”, and today it is an artistic masterpiece dating from the splendor of the Moroccan architecture.
The construction of the Bahia Palace dates back to the powerful minister Ahmed bin Musa Al-Smalali, nicknamed “Ba Hammad”, during the reign of Sultan Abdul Aziz Al-Alawi. It is rumored that he brought the most skilled craftsmen of Fez city to work in the palace for six consecutive years (1894-1900).
Ahmed used the help of the Moroccan engineer, Mohammed Bin Al-Makki Al-Masafiwi, who transformed dozens of neighboring houses into this beautiful Palace with the help of construction workers from different Moroccan cities.
The palace was named after Al-Bahia, the first wife of Ahmed. In fact, Ahmed was married to four women, and each wife had her own suite in the Grand Palace. After the death of the minister in 1890, several powerful people resided in the palace.
The walls of the palace are still preserving their luster, motifs, and the colors. Not to mention the gypsum inscription on the walls, colored mosaics, and the wooden gates decorated with flowers and tree leaves.