Housed in a wonderful 19th-century summer palace and converted to a museum in 1915, the Batha Museum houses an excellent collection of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts. Historical and artistic artefacts include fine woodcarving, zellige (colourful geometric mosaic tilework) and tadelakt (sculpted plaster), much of it from the city’s ruined or decaying medersas (schools for studying the Quran). It also has some fine Fassi embroidery, colourful Berber carpets and antique instruments. The highlight of the museum is the superb ceramic collection dating from the 14th century to the present.
These are some fantastic examples of the famous blue pottery of Fez. The cobalt glaze responsible for the colour is developed from a special process discovered in the 10th century.
The museum’s Andalusian-style garden offers temporary respite from the bustle and noise of the medina.