Dar Glaoui or Glaoui Palace (sometimes called by its French name, Palais Glaoui) is a late 19th-century and early 20th-century palace in Fez, Morocco. It was originally constructed and owned by Thami El Glaoui, the pasha of Marrakesh at the time, and is located in the southwestern district of Fes el-Bali.
The Glaoui family was one of the most powerful political clans in Morocco in the later 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century, having risen to prominent positions of power under Muhammad IV and subsequent sultans. The same family had also constructed a lavish kasbah and fortified residence in Telouet, in the High Atlas, starting in 1860. Towards the end of 19th century Thami el Glaoui became one of the most powerful members of the family, even remaining the strongman of southern Morocco under French Protectorate rule in the 20th century. It was Thami, towards the end of the 19th century, who built the family palace in Fez, and who also began construction of another vast residence in Marrakesh (known today as the Dar el Bacha). The palace in Fes was located in the al-'Uyun ("the Sources") neighbourhood, also known today as the Ziat or Ziyat neighbourhood, which until the 19th century was a garden district with relatively plenty of open space to build, thus attracting the construction of several new mansions by wealthy families such as the Dar Moqri and the Dar al-Tazi. The Dar Glaoui in Fez was also the first building in Morocco to have electricity and heating.: 39
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|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Rob Johnston | Jan 9, 2018
A very interesting attraction. The man that lives there said his family has owned it for over 200 years and it's the most interesting and beautiful building we visited in Fes. It is a bit run down but that adds to the charm and we received a bit of a personal tour as we were the only ones there There was no-one at the door to take an entrance fee, but the owner/guide escorted us to the front and I asked him how much we owed. We didn't feel any pressure to pay, and it's not clear there was a fee so we weren't really sure what the story was until I asked. We paid 60 dirhams for two people
Ren Yan Yoong | Feb 24, 2018
Up the hill and hard to find but worth it for 25 dirham each. Finally, an attraction in Fes non-Muslims can actually enter! Don’t miss any of the rooms and especially not the hidden courtyard behind the kitchen. And the room with the stained glass accessible from that courtyard. :)
Paul Eichholtz | Feb 22, 2018
One of the hidden gems of Fez. A beautiful old palace with an old Artist living there.
Alexandra Stroescu | May 14, 2017
Beautiful place. You need a guide. The woman at the door told us the entrance plus guided tour was 25 DH each, but gave us no tickets. Make sure you pay the right price. She was very nice though as a guide. She walked us through the ground rooms which were impressive. The top floor rooms cannot be visited. An artist lives there apparently. The family who owns the palace restaurates one room per year with the raised funds.
Cassandra Luongo | May 14, 2017
The palace is very interesting. Artists live in the palace and try to maintain it. The price of admission is used for maintaining / restoring the palace. The entry price includes a guide. It makes sense to have a guide given most of the palace is not open to viewing.
Bob Marley | Apr 18, 2018
Nice place, but not very special. An artist lives there and exhibits his paintings, which are also quite nice.
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