Marrakesh (or Marrakech) is the fourth biggest city in Morocco with 1.6 million inhabitants and is situated in the southern part of Central Morocco. The city is beautifully situated on the flanks of Atlas Mountains, which are snow-capped during the winter. Marrakesh is provincial capital in the region of Marrakesh-Tensift-Al Haouz.
Marrakesh Bazaar, Djemaa al-Fna: The Biggest Bazaar in Marrakesh
The city is mostly known for its big traditional market district (souk) and the square of Djemaa el-Fna (Jemaa al-Fna) the biggest bazaar in Marrakesh and entire Morocco (cf. picture below) and which is assumed to be the busiest place in Africa. Djemaa el-Fna is Marrakesh’ most famous square. Back in time, the farmers went to the square for selling their gods to the merchants. In the evening the square get filled with all sorts of musicians, snake charmers, magicians, storytellers, acrobats, fire-eaters, jugglers, pickpockets, old water sellers and confused tourists. This atmosphere is an experience in it self.
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Old Marrakesh: The Medina
As many other cities in Morocco (cf. Chefchaouen), Marrakech has an old town, Medina. During centuries this has been an important city and has been a center for trading, rulers, imams and scientists. In the Medina you will find very narrow streets together with hidden sultan palaces, beautiful decorated villas owned by wealthy merchants and colorful Arab bazaars.
Back in 1985, the Medina in Marrakesh was classified as an UNESCO Heritage Site. The reason for that is the big concentration of big moments and buildings from ancient time. The old district is surrounded by 12 kilometers of thick city walls and city gates which is covered with cypress trees, date palms and pines.
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