Bahia Palace – Marrakech, Morocco
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Marrakech is a splendid city filled with gardens, gorgeous mosaics and geometrical floral designs, huge medina and Oranges.
Our first introduction of the city happened with Bahia Palace. Bahia’s palace’s introduction happened to us with Orange trees in full bloom and cats everywhere.
It is beautiful palace, splendid with white and blue courtyards adorned with goblet styled fountains, Orange trees, tropical plans and intricate geometric stone carvings. From distance these stone carvings set in walls appear to be paintings or some sort of relief design done on stone, but just one closer leaves you enticed and awed with its details and intricate handwork. Mostly forming flower like patterns, each of the wall pattern is carefully measured and mathematically calculated. Laid out in complete symmetry and synchronization, most of these patterns do not appear one bit rigid in their shape and form.
Three elements stood out for me in Bahia Palace’s architecture: The ceramic glazed mosaic, stone carved borders on the upper side of walls and roofs made of wood with geometrical, floral patterns on them. The bright and contrasting blue and whites of the ceramic mosaic patterns in various permutations and combinations adorn the humble, placid walls of Marrakech tombs, minarets and palaces. It makes for a balanced and eye pleasing site. Each site is a design inspiration for artists and designers alike.
I loved every bit of it (maybe a bit more than others) because I have an eye for design (part blame for it goes to my design education). Sharing a few picture for your visual pleasure.
Have you been to Marrakech? Did various shades of Bahia Palace awed you as well? Let me know as a comment to this post.