Most Impressive Buildings in Marrakesh

Details at Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakesh | © Louisa Thomson / Flickr
Details at Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakesh | © Louisa Thomson / Flickr
Photo of Sarah Williams
11 May 2017

Morocco is home to a host of visually striking buildings. For those planning a getaway to the country’s former imperial capital of Marrakesh, it would be a wise move to add the architectural gems outlined in this guide, to your itinerary.

Saadian Tombs

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The Saadian Tombs, Marrakech.
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The Saadian Tombs is a large complex of lavish mausoleums and tombs. Containing the remains of royalty and those held in high regard by the sultan, the site dates back to the 1550s. Gold, Italian marble, and colourful tiling add opulence to the final resting places.

Badi Palace

Although now in ruins, it is still easy to imagine how impressive the former palace would have been in the past. Built to be one of the finest palaces of its time, the now-bare walls of Badi Palace were once adorned with decadent ornamentation.

Badi Palace, Ksibat Nhass, Marrakesh, Morocco, +212 5243 78163

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Bahia Palace

An ornate former royal palace, Bahia Palace showcases glorious traditional designs. Colourful tiles cover floors and walls, monumental fountains add to the air of elegance, and graceful arches lead from one area to another. You’ll also see exquisite woodwork and plasterwork.

Marrakech Museum

The interesting Marrakech Museum is housed within a former palace. The 19th-century Dar Menebhi Palace has been restored to its former glory, displaying fine Andalusian-style designs. The main courtyard has lovely ornamental fountains and a huge chandelier hangs in the central area. Beautiful craftsmanship can be seen throughout the building.

Dar Si Said

Another Marrakshi museum in a former palace, Dar Si Said has also been carefully renovated. It displays many fine examples of traditional Moroccan artisanship, including tilework, woodwork, and plasterwork.

Dar Si Said, 8 Rue de la Bahia, Marrakesh, Morocco, +212 5243 89564

Theatre Royal

The Roman-inspired Theatre Royal is a photogenic building in Gueliz. A relatively new addition to the city, construction of the theatre was completed in 2001. Topped with a large cupola, the front of the building features splendid columns.

Marrakesh Railway Station

Attractive both inside and out, the current Marrakesh Railway Station was built in the late 2000s. It combines traditional Moroccan and Islamic styles with modern designs. The main atrium is light and airy, and there are interesting sculptures outside the main entrance.

Marrakesh Railway Station, Marrakesh, Morocco

Menara Airport

Sleek and stylish, Menara Airport perfectly blends the old with the new, with traditional designs fused with contemporary features. Symmetrical patterns, lots of glass, and gleaming white metal create a feeling of order and efficiency.

La Mamounia Palace

The luxurious La Mamounia Hotel offers a modern stay within a historic palace. Andalusian elements are visible throughout, with vibrant tilework, intricate arches, carvings, and polished floors. The high walls present an imposing first sight.

Hotel Royal Mansour

The five-star Hotel Royal Mansour is another of Marrakesh’s most attractive luxury accommodations. Lavish furnishings perfectly accentuate and complement the striking designs. Architecturally and ornamentally, the hotel blends traditional Moroccan elements with Andalusian and Moorish styles. The large and impressive entrance gateway sets the tone for the beauty concealed behind the outer walls.

Hotel Royal Mansour, Rue Abou Abbas el sebti، Marrakech, Morocco, +212 529 808 080

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