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Jul 12 2012

Bahia Palace, Marrakech Morocco

Category: Beautiful Doors,Road TripsLori @ 6:44 pm Comments (9)

I hope you’re not getting tired of posts about beautiful Moroccan doors because I know I’m not tired of seeing them.  There are amazing doors EVERYWHERE in Morocco – adorned bronze, carved wood, hand-painted…absolutely gorgeous.  Yesterday I dragged the family to Bahia Palace in the 100-degree heat.  They were good sports about it and I think they actually like roaming around old architectural marvels with me.  Once we finally find them in the depths of the medina, that is.  It’s not easy to get around in the old city, or the ville nouvelle for that matter.

The Bahia Palace was built in the late 1800’s, which surprised me.  It seems like it should be older because of the extreme levels of detail and artistry.  You can read more about the palace here.

And now for the doors!  Here’s a tall pair (see the photos farther down for scale) from the courtyard.  Each leaf has a wicket door:


Another wicket door – actually a wicket door within a wicket door, and its hinges:


There are two types of top pivots I’ve been seeing – one that just holds the pivot for one door, and one that’s a bar spanning the width of the opening and holding the top pivot for both leaves:

Bottom pivot:

This is the pair with the top pivot bar:

Norah gives the courtyard pairs some sense of scale:


I love these arches!


This door has a BEAUTIFUL frame!


A few more random doors and details:


And by request, some non-door photos:

I’m so spoiled now, I may never take a photo of an American door again!

9 Responses to “Bahia Palace, Marrakech Morocco”

  1. Chuck Park says:

    One word: Wow!

  2. Mary says:

    Lori thank you for sharing these. They are absolutely gorgeous! Such artistry and attention to detail.

  3. Cda says:

    Like the hand hinges

    I see you have to make the children work for for thier trip

  4. Kathi Frelk says:

    Beautiful details…thanks for sharing. And, hand-y hinges!

  5. Rachel Smith says:

    Chuck beat me to it…. totally amazing photos. My favorite is the one with the door partly open and the light streaming in. You could enter a photo contest with that picture and win! Thanks for the awesome photos.

  6. Joaquim Monteiro says:

    Amazing doors and great pictures! Is Norah flashing some sort of Moroccan gang sign by the courtyard doors?

    • Lori says:

      Almost every photo of Norah from this trip includes some weird hand signals and she’s usually simultaneously saying, “HOLLA!” I think she’s been watching too much Ant Farm. She’s one of a kind, and she’s charming her Moroccan relatives with her feistyness.

  7. Tom Breese says:

    Really lovin’ those massive pivots — a lot of craftsmanship went into banging those things out. How much traffic do these doors see? Curious how well they’ve held up over the centuries.

    Thanks for posting!

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