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The El-Bahia Palace is something of a testament to the underdog, having been built by craftsmen who were brought in from the nearby city of Fez, under commission of the former slave Abu Ahmed, who rose to wealth and power towards the end of the 19th Century. The structure itself is noted by some as appearing less lavish than perhaps intended, as the planning process was somewhat hasty and much of the construction was rushed, however, the site is nonetheless a monument to its era in time, and tells a story all on its own.

Besides Abu Ahmed himself, the El-Bahia Palace has also served as a home to the French general Lyautey. As of the time of this writing, there is no admission fee, making it a perfect place to pay a visit to for the backpacker or budget traveler. The courtyard is marked by a fountain and shady corners, making the palace a nice place to escape the scorching summer heat of Morocco.

Address: 5 Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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