One of the most seductive side of Marrakech is undoubtedly the beauty of Riads and their interior decorations. These chests full of colors and lights, hidden inside austere and anonymous walls, are a constant surprise to those who wanders the streets of the Medina in search of rest and tranquility.
The Palais Sebban is the exemplary place to understand the astonishment that captures the traveler who opens the door and crosses the threshold of a hidden and precious world, where he can find regeneration from the stress of the city and life.
It is not just a matter of privacy, but also of rhythm and vision.
In 1600 this building was owned by the caid Sebban, a governor who lived here with his family and here managed his business. Each of the four wives had one wing reserved, while the central areas were intended for his private life and boardrooms: this space arrangement has allowed the creation of a different structure in regards of the traditional Riad with a single central court.
When, during last century, the French architect René Jean -Pierre decided to save Palais Sebban from the ravages of time, it took him four years to renovate the building while preserving all the richness of architectural and decorative original structure, and enriching it with the work of master craftsmen.
The Arabic style is mixed with valuable Andalusian contributions due to the artistic contaminations that Marrakech received in recent centuries, and the architect Jean -Pierre was able to create a perfect aesthetic balance of statues, mosaics and fountains.
The patio, the rooms, the gardens are framed among ceilings, terraces, doors and lights that create a rich exotic setting. Marble, porcelain and wood colors give life to an atmosphere made of white, blue and brown: relaxation and elegance.
Ornaments and tinsels come from many parts of the world, however leaving the result harmonious: the desire to give life back to an environment full of artistic stimulations here was perfectly successful.
Palais Sebban is now run by the daughter of the architect Jean-Pierre, Madame Françoise, who carries on his father's philosophy by taking care of everything.
In this Riad each of the 25 rooms has its own character, but all have a travel appeal: from the African style in the" Zagora” room to the ancient Persian one in "Volubilis", the path through places and influences can satisfy different tastes.
A recommended place for design and architecture lovers who want to spend a few days in the Medina of Marrakech, in a central position between the square Jemaa El Fna and the Koutoubia mosque, the most famous of the city.
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