Palais Badii, Marrakech, Morocco. June 2010.
El Badii Palace was commissioned by Ahmed el Mansour of the Saadian dynasty shortly after his accession to throne in 1578. Meaning "the Incomparable", El Badii was systematically stripped of everything of value and laid in ruins over a period of ten years starting in the 1683 by Moulay Ismaïl Ibn Sharif (reigned 1672–1727) of the Alaouite dynasty. The Italian marble, Irish granite, Indian onyx, as well as the gold leaf coverings on the walls and ceilings were all moved to embellish the new capital, Meknès.
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