Zellige in the Bahia Palace

Moroccan zellige
Located in the heart of the Medina, just a five minute walk from Marrakech’s central square is the Bahia Palace. The palace is an enclosed oasis next to the hustle and bustle of the rest of the red city and inside it you will find trickling fountains, orange trees and shaded gardens. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this ancient building however is the handcrafted detail that has gone into ceilings of the Palace. As Islamic law forbids artistic depictions of living things, Moroccan craftsmen have been practicing the art of ‘Zellige’ for hundreds of years, where complex patterns¬†of geometric shapes are chipped into wood and stone by hand. At a Riad in Marrakech you can discover the splendor of this art form and many others with your own eyes.

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