What was once one of the sumptuous palaces in Marrakech, built by Ahmed El Mansour in the 16th and 17th centuries, is now just a smattering of battered ruins. So opulent was the palace that it reportedly took 25 years to complete. A hundred years later, however, it was raided and all the treasure sent elsewhere. Nowadays, it’s pretty stark. There isn’t even a gate, just a hole in one of the palace walls, which leads into a vast area dominated by sunken spaces that once housed flourishing gardens and a grand reflecting pool. The ruins still contain a few trees and there are also some excavated remains of caves and passages and some well-weathered original floor mosaics. Apart from that it’s just you, your imagination, and the storks that use the battlements as latrines.