What is a Riad?

Before I booked my trip I had decided that I wanted to stay at a Riad and so I did. I stayed at Riad Sable Chaud, that was really beautiful and a real traditional Riad. But what is a Riad? A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard often situated in the Medina. The Riad is the Moroccan traditional house, normally with two or more storeys around an Andalusian-style courtyard that contained a fountain. Riads were the stately city homes of the wealthiest citizens such as merchants and courtiers.

The sunrise from the roof of my Riad. 
 
From inside the Riad I was staying at.  
 
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