EL BADI PALACE -MARRAKECH
El Badi Palace (Arabic: قصر البديع; meaning The incomparable palace) is a ruined palace located in Marrakesh, Morocco. It was commissioned by the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur of the Saadian dynasty sometime shortly after his accession in 1578. The palace's construction was funded by a substantial ransom paid by the Portuguese after the Battle of the Three Kings. It is currently a popular tourist attraction.
The palace took fifteen years to build, with construction finally completed around 1593 and was a lavish display of the best craftmanship of the Saadian period. Constructed using some of the most expensive materials of the time, including gold and onyx, the colonnades are said to be constructed from marble exchanged with Italian merchants for their equivalent weight in sugar. The original building is thought to have consisted of 360 richly decorated rooms, a courtyard (135×110 m) and a cent
The palace today is a well known tourist attraction. The complex contains a museum, with exhibits such as a restored 12th-century minbar that once stood in the Koutoubia Mosque.
For a number of years the Marrakesh Folklore Festival has taken place within the palace.
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