Monday, March 26, 2012

Traditional Riad in Fez

What is a Riad?

A riad is a traditional Moroccan house. The outside will look very simple, while behind the front door is a artist's display of unique and beautiful skill, with tile work called zellige, wood carvings, cast iron bars, and windows that look into seemingly everywhere. Inside there is usually a courtyard or garden in the center of the riad. 
Several of these riads were built during the Idrissid dynasty during the 11th century. 

Here are photos capturing only some of the beauty of the one we stayed in during our weekend in Fez.

Across from the riad door. Interesting how this flower grew from the cement wall.

The original mail slot still has the name of the original owner engraved into it. 

                                                              A small piece of the carvings inside

Looking up to the 2nd floor from the courtyard inside. 

A look down into the courtyard from one of the many 2nd floor windows.

Another view as I head further up the riad.

One view

An almost panoramic view of the medina and city of Fez.

The Merenid Tombs - ruins from the 14th century.

Beautiful mirror and sink on the side of the courtyard of the riad. 

Another view.

The view of the city at night.

Another beautiful traditional lantern.

The riad's fountain and pet turtle.

Some of the beautiful doorways and windows.

A colorful view from one of the courtyard's rooms.

The pet turtle seems to like the traditional Moroccan tea set and rug area. 

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful I wish I could actually go in there and see it