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A riad or Ryad is a typical Moroccan house with inner courtyard as the central element of the building old cities such as Marrakech and Fes. The Roman city of Volubilis provides a reference for the beginnings of riad architecture during the rule of the Idrisid Dynasty a very important design concern was Islamic notions of privacy for women and children inside residential gardens hidden from the eyes of outsiders.
Today these buildings has been a surge in interest in this form of house after a new vogue of renovation in Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira where many of these often-crumbling houses have been restored to their former glory. Many riads are used as accommodation or restaurants. The building is made of thick medluk walls, made from sand and architectural masterpieces to a definite separation between the home and the hustle and bustle of the medina.
There are many beautiful riads in Marrakech, Fes and Essaouira with different prices where you can stay and appreciate the Moroccan culture.
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