The courtyard of the main house (photo from 2006)
The courtyard of the main house (photo from 2006)

Dar Ba Mohammed Chergui, also known as Dar al-Aman,[1] is a historic palace or riad-style mansion in the old medina of Fez, Morocco. It is located on Derb el Horra street in Fes el-Bali.[2]

History and state of preservation

The house was constructed over 15 years in the early 20th century and is named after the former qa'id (judge) Ba Mohammed Chergui who lived here.[2][3] In her book on Islamic gardens, D. Fairchild Ruggles also identifies the palace as that of Pasha 'Abd al-Kari and states that it was built instead in 1860.[1]

In 2008 the palace was purchased by international private investors following a long negotiation process with around 60 inheritors of the house. The intention of the purchase was to convert the palace into a five-star hotel.[2][3][4] Some observers report that the palace is currently in a dilapidated state and not accessible to visitors.[5][6]

Description

The palace is among the most impressive historic houses in the city, along with examples like Dar Moqri, Dar Glaoui, and Dar Adiyel.[7][5] It consists of two main houses next to each other,[5] together covering some 1800 square meters.[2] The main house (dar kbira) consists of a central courtyard paved and decorated with marble and zellij tiling, around which were three ornate halls with cupola ceilings as well as a large and ornate wall fountain. The second house, covering about 650 square meters,[2] includes a large courtyard garden with a unique arrangement of star-shaped and cross-shaped planters and three fountains, all covered with zellij, and a surrounding portico or gallery.[2][4][8]

References

  1. ^ a b Ruggles, D. Fairchild (2008). Islamic Gardens and Landscapes. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 161. ISBN 9780812207286.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Fès: Dar Ba Mohamed Chergui devient un palais d'hôtes". L'Economiste (in French). 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  3. ^ a b Istasse, Manon (2019). Living in a World Heritage Site: Ethnography of Houses and Daily Life in the Fez Medina. Springer. pp. 181, 212. ISBN 9783030174514.
  4. ^ a b "THE VIEW FROM FEZ: Going, going, gone!". THE VIEW FROM FEZ. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  5. ^ a b c "Fès et le Moyen-Atlas - Algilà Fez Medina Charme Hôtel". Algilà (in French). Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  6. ^ "Visit Fez, nicest gardens in Fez". www.visit-fez.com. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  7. ^ "Fes – Riad Karim in Fez Medina". Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  8. ^ Gaudio, Attilio (1982). Fès: Joyau de la civilisation islamique. Paris: Les Presse de l'UNESCO: Nouvelles Éditions Latines. p. 212. ISBN 2723301591.

Coordinates: 34°03′48.2″N 4°58′48.4″W / 34.063389°N 4.980111°W / 34.063389; -4.980111