The Back Door to El Badi Palace, Marrakech

El Badi Palace is a huge ruin in the centre of Marrakech Medina.  Walls, towering over the narrow streets below are crenellated and topped with the messy nests of the resident storks.  

Beyond the walls are the remains of a once beautiful palace.  Originally built in 1578 to celebrate a historic battle all that remains today is an esplanade and gardens of orange trees.  

From the outside the red plastered walls are simple.  Holes for scaffolding are still seen at intervals along most stretches of the ruins.  

Tucked on a side street is a gate.  Distressed from the heat and constant weather this ancient door shows the ornate beauty and detailed plasterwork that once filled the palace beyond the gate.