The palace M'nebbi
|Realized on the model of the house with peristyle, the palace Me nebbi (Dar Me nebhi), of only one level, is composed of a vast patio with open sky surrounded by four living rooms, and flanked of two appendices independent: a douiria (kitchen) surrounding two small courses and an hammam, all remarkable by their proportions and their decorations. This large residence constitutes the type more succeeded of the traditional house marrakchie.|
|Palace Me nebbi, Me nebhi or Menebhi, of the name of Mehdi Me nebhi, Minister for the defense of the sultan Moulay Abdelaziz.|
|The museum of Marrakech, located beside the médersa Ben Youssef, is a superb palace established on a piece of 2108 m ² and equipped with vast and comfortable patio with 709 m ², typical of the mauresque art, transformed into private museum and place of reception of cultural activities.|
|By its architectural ceramics decorations (zellige), of carved plaster, worked wood, the patio falls under the pure Moroccan architectural tradition.|
|Around this vast court with open sky (709 m²), which understood in the beginning some fruit trees, are arranged the central parts of the residence: four rooms of which two face.|
|With the creation of the museum the central patio was covered with an awning and was decorated of a large worked copper gloss (1 200 kg, 5 m diameter) carried out on order.|
|At the bottom on the left a beautiful restored hammam is. The hammam is the heir to the ancient thermal baths whose several vestiges were put at the day in the preislamic cities of Morocco, in particular Volubilis and Lixus.|
The word itself is formed starting from an Arab root which refers to heat.
With the advent of Islam, the hammam experiences a development which the need encourages for purifying for the prayer. It is inspired less architecture by the ancient thermal baths than of their space organization according to the following fitting:
• guelsa, room of stripping and rest, apodyterium.
• beit el-bared, frigidarium or cold room.
• beit el-wastani, tepidarium or tepid room.
• beit el-skhoun, caldarium or hot room.
Besides the paying public baths located in the districts of the médinas, the palaces and the residences of notable comprised private baths.
Thus Mehdi Mnebhi who built the residence which shelters the Museum of Marrakech, equipped it with a private bath. With its proportions, its cupolas, decorated decorations of carved and painted plaster, its walls in tadellakt (coated smooth), its zelliges, it constitutes an original architectural work.
|The court where is located the current entry was useful formerly for the beasts of burden of the guests.|
|This beautiful residence was built at the end of the 19th century for Mehdi Me nebhi, Minister for the defense of the sultan Moulay Abdelaziz (1894-1908).|
After the independence of Morocco, in 1956, the palace became state-owned property and sheltered the first school of girls of Marrakech.
The old Mnebbi palace was restored with identical and was rehabilitated in museum, inaugurated in March 1997, by Omar Benjelloun, who was a large collector and Moroccan patron. The museum of Marrakech is financed and managed by the Omar-Benjelloun foundation.
|The museum organizes and accommodates also various demonstrations such as concerts, spectacles of theater and choreography, film projections, conferences, days of study, workshops.|
To the ground floor objects of hammered copper, Berber weapons and jewels and clothing are exposed. The objects are still used and carried in the mountains.
The living room of the first stage is of a decoration hispano-Moorish and pieces of furniture of cedar.
|Palace Me nebbi|
Place Ben Youssef
Opened every day of 9:00 to 18:00.
Paying entry: 30 dirhams.