Bahia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

Bahia Palace is a palace of century XIXᵉ of eight hectares in Marrakech, Morocco. It is a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture, one of the major monuments of cultural heritage. It was built southeast of the medina of Marrakech between 1866 and 1867. It was built for Si Moussa, chamberlain of Sultan Hassan 1st of Morocco, at his death, his son, Ahmed Ben Moussa, had enlarged the southern part his father’s palace by the successive acquisition and glitzy development of large sets of neighboring houses. The palace takes its name from his favorite mistress, Bahia. From 1912, General Lyautey, Marshal of France, used it as his personal residence as well as the residence of French officers by adding chimneys, heating and electricity. It has about 150 lavishly decorated rooms. There are marble, wood paintings, stained glass windows, many patios and gardens with orange trees, banana trees, cypresses, hibiscus and jasmine. The Moroccan royal family of King Mohammed VI sometimes stay there in a large private party not open to the public.

Tips

The palace is open to visitors, at your visit ask for information because you can also attend concerts of Arab-Andalusian music and art exhibitions.
You can also ask for a guide to accompany you and tell the whole story which is very interesting.

The Hassan II mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

The Hassan II mosque, inaugurated in 1993, is located in Casablanca and is built partly on the sea, it is a religious and cultural complex, built on nine hectares and includes a prayer room, a room of ablutions, baths, a Koranic school, a library and a museum. It is the fourth largest mosque in the world. Its minaret is 201 meters. Hassan II had the wish to connect the building to the air, considered one of the four elements beneficial to life with earth, fire and water, that’s why there is a large sunroof that moves in five minutes thanks to a self-propelled wheel bearing system. It is adorned with 124 fountains and marble vanities, it has more than fifty chandeliers and there are some from Murano; it has 18 exterior doors and is equipped with a laser beam indicating the direction of the Mecca with a range of 30 kilometers. On one side and on the other of the central nave, there are two granite columns that have inlaid in gold lettering the pedigree of King Hassan II.

Tips

To visit the mosque, you can buy tickets on site. Removing shoes is mandatory at the entrance to the prayer room (plastic bags are available to the visitors). Video cameras, and any kind of radio receiver and / or sound equipment is forbidden inside.