Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Bahia Palace was built at the end of the 19th century for the son of the grand vizier of Moulay el Hassan I. It is said that the palace was named for his favorite wife (and means "glorious" or "beautiful"---which it certainly is!) and it housed his harem, and the man had many, many wives and concubines, judging by the number of private rooms. There are beautiful gardens, tiled courtyards, tadlak (shiny marble) finishes, glazed ceramic tile work (zellij), cedar ceilings, and amazing painted woodwork. The rooms are sized and decorated according to importance of the user. The first wife's room is very large and very impressive and the rooms diminish in size as does the standing of the user. The public reception rooms are very grand!