- Marrakech today
Marrakech now has over 950,000 inhabitants, is the fourth largest city in Morocco after Casablanca, Fez and Tangiers. Historic Medina is walled and this is one of the largest in the kingdom. Souks, craftsmen, palaces and riads are all found in the medina, making it the tourist center of Marrakech. Since the Djemaa El Fna, you can access the Semmarine Souk with its many bazaars exhibiting handicrafts.
Marrakech has several large districts outside the medina: Hivernage Quarter, Avenue Mohammed VI, Sidi Youssef Ben Ali, Daoudiat, Douar Laskar, Guéliz … It contains banks, shops, mauls and large establishments.
- Sightseeing Marrakech
Marrakech is a favorite tourist destination in the world with its unique beauty and the fact that it is the starting point for tourists wishing to explore the Atlas or the southern regions.
- Djemaa El Fna
Djemaa El Fna is a public square in the southwest of the medina very popular internationally. Since 2001, this site is registered in the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the name of: the Cultural Space of Jemaa el Fna.
The animation in Djemaa El Fna is something surreal! Storytellers, dancers, fire eaters, snake charmers, acrobats … are on site (especially at night) and people come to attend their shows. You can not visit the Djemaa El Fna square in the street without food restaurants clustered in the center of the square and offering various Moroccan dishes. The night lights on the rising smoke and offer a splendid view that you can receive from the terraces of restaurants and hotels surrounding the square.
Since the Djemaa El Fna, you can visit the souk Semmarines full of bazaars. All handicrafts are exposed in this souk and the Moroccan cakes and grocery stores. You surely there will procure beautiful memories of Marrakech and gifts to take away your expensive.
Saadian tombs date from the time of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur Saadi and were not discovered until 1917. They are of great beauty and are the power and wealth of the Saadian. Domes cedar wood, marble tombs and other finely crafted decorations dazzle tourists.
This palace was built by the Alawites in the early 20th century in an area of eight hectares. It is a true masterpiece reflecting the richness of Moroccan and Muslim architecture! Bahia Palace has 150 rooms decorated in marble, cedar wood, beech wood, zellige, stucco and moucharabiehs.
This majestic palace was built by Sultan Ahmed El-Mansour Eddahbi at the time of Saadi. Alas, it remains today as traces of ancient buildings surrounded by Walls after the Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail took all the wealth of the palace to build Meknes.
This fountain is right near Ben Youssef Mosque in the center of the medina. The sloping roof of the fountain is working stalactite and coated glazed green tiles. The Arabic expression Chrob or Chouf means “Wood and looks.”
7.Al Qoubba Almoravide
This is a religious building built in the 12th century by Sultan Almoravid Ali Ben Youssef, it is located in the heart of the medina just in front of the Ben Youssef Mosque. The highly decorated ceiling and well finished arches reveal the wealth of Almoravid architecture.
8.El Mouassine Fountain
This fountain was built by Saadi Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib in the sixteenth century, it is in the mosque El Mouassine and is open to the street by arcades. This public fountain is the largest in the city of Marrakech spanning over 18 meters.
9.Mosques in Marrakech
Several mosques in Marrakech are real historical monuments from each of a different era.
The mosque Elmouassine
It was built in the 12th century by the Almohad and represents one of the finest attractions in the city. The mosque is only part of Elmouassine complex that also includes the El Mouassine fountain, a steam room, a library and a madrasah.
Ben Youssef Mosque
The mosque is located in the heart of the medina near the Marrakesh Museum and dates from the time of Mir Merinids. It includes a madrasah (Islamic school) built by Sultan Marinid Abu El Hassa, then enlarged by Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib Saadi in 1750 and finally restored in 1950.
The architecture and decoration of the madrasah are exceptional. Stucco walls and cedar decorations, zellige and marble fascinate you during your visit.
Koutoubia mosque was built in the 12th century by the Almohad and one of the most famous historical monuments and most visited of Morocco. It is located near the Djemaa El Fna and you can contemplate from the outside as you stroll through the square that surrounds it.
The Koutoubia is a symbol of art Almohad each outer side offers a minaret decorated differently with floral and geometric ornaments, tracery relief, headbands earthenware, etc. Koutoubia Mosque served as a model for the creation of the Giralda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat.
The mosque with golden apples
This is the old mosque of El Mansour was built in the twelfth century by Sultan Yacoub El Mansour and restored in 1569. It is located in the medina near Bab Agnaou (an old door).