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the #bahia #palace in #marrakesh – bahia means #luminance in #arabic – was built between 1866 and 1867 by si #moussa

some #history: si moussa was the grand #vizier of sultan moulay #hassan 
moussa was a remarkable man who rose to this position after starting life as a #slave 
his son, bou ahmed, became chamberlain to moulay hassan and later after hassan’s death he appointed himself grand vizier, resided in the palace, and became the de facto ruler of #morocco until his death 

elegant #arches, arcaded #courtyards, lush #gardens fragrant with jasmine and #citrus trees, melodious #fountains, brightly painted wood ceilings, intricate #stucco work, pathways paved with white #carrara #marble from italy and beautiful #zellij #mosaics, galleries inlaid with yellow and blue #ceramic #tiles#carved #cedar ceilings, stained #glass and its multicolored shadows

#islamic #architecture and #ornamentation are so exquisite so meticulous so expressive so sensorial that it’s hard not to weep with joy

more pictures here.

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