Dar Batha Museum, Fes

Dar Batha Museum, Fes

Before immersing yourself in the streets of the medina, take some time to explore the Batha Museum housed within the Dar Batha Palace, just south of the Blue Gate. Construction of this edifice was initiated by Moulay el-Hassan in 1873, with the intention of creating a residence suitable for hosting official receptions. Apart from the traditional Moorish architecture that has survived to this day, notable features include the grand courtyard covered with colorful tiles and centered around a large fountain. A spacious and very fine Andalusian garden was laid out as well, offering visitors a serene oasis to pause and rejuvenate.

In 1914, the esteemed French scholar Alfred Bel, an expert in Near and Far Eastern cultures, made the first donation toward establishing the future ethnographic museum. The following year, Dar Batha Palace – a work of art in its own right – officially became the Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts, showcasing a diverse collection divided into two main sections. While the first section highlights archaeological artifacts, the second focuses on ethnography, showcasing the rich arts and crafts of Fès and its surrounding regions. Visitors can admire ceramics, paintings, textiles, jewelry, wooden doors, genealogical records, and everyday objects.

Of particular interest is an exhibition tracing the evolution of architecture in Fès from the Idrissid period to the Alaouite era. Additionally, one has the opportunity to observe woodcarvers at work in an on-site workshop.

While exploring the exhibits, be sure to gaze upward and admire the intricately designed ceilings.

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Sight Name: Dar Batha Museum
Sight Location: Fes, Morocco (See walking tours in Fes)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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