Places to visit in Marrakech.

Marrakech is a historical and cultural city in Morocco. It’s a popular tourist destination and an old imperial city. Often referred to as The Red City because of the deep red sandstone used to construct the old city walls, the city has many excellent things to see and do. Vibrant and colourful, enchanting and chaotic, it’s still possible to find pockets of peacefulness throughout the frenetic streets. Here are the city’s many highlights to add to your bucket list.

built date : 1120.
Reshuffling date : in 1162 under the power of the Almohad emir Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur. The work finished with a superb minaret, is a fine piece architectural of Spanish-Moorish influences.
its construction was begun under the Berber dynasty “Almoravid “. The most biggest monument in Marrakech, it is the best known and most visible monument in the city. Its minaret is the highest with its 69 meters .

 

Marrakech’s heart, Jemaa Fna, the most famous place in the city either for tourists or for a local people. True place of meetings and exchanges for centuries especially with merchants of traditional clothes and souvenirs. The whole city seems to spend at one time or another during the day. But from the evening the atmosphere changes and the place is transformed into a veritable open-air theater musicians, dancers, snake charmers, beggars …
What is unique to the Jemaa el Fna square, street restaurants are coming to live in the evening to serve Moroccan specialties, tea with mint, orange juice … A beautiful festive atmosphere where you can taste different dishes at moderate prices; However, one should not worry too much about hygiene !!!
Jemaa el Fna square is the entrance to the souks of the medina and the Koutoubia Mosque, all are close to each other. .

 

The Menara is a large garden with olive trees, about 30 minutes walk from Jemaa El Fna square in the center of Marrakech to get it. At the heart of this garden, a large pool at the foot of a pavilion serves as a
water reservoir for irrigation. It is a very peaceful place, away from the nosy of the city.

 

 

 

Gueliz, the modern city is also called European quarter. The origin of the word varies according to historians. Some think it comes from the word church since the first monument built was the Catholic Church Saints-Martyrs, others claim
Young, quiet, lively and vibrant, this neighborhood is a another side of Marrakech, away from the noisy souks of Jemaa el Fna.

 

For many visitors, Marrakesh’s labyrinthine medina (old city) district is the town’s star attraction. The narrow alleyways are a kaleidoscope of colors, scents, and sounds, and bound to be the sightseeing highlight of your trip. As well as simply wandering (and getting lost) amid the bustling maze, there are myriad shopping opportunities, where you can put your haggling hat on and barter to your heart’s content. Shoppers shouldn’t miss the Babouche (shoe) Souk, Chouari (carpenter’s) Souk, El-Attarine (perfume and spice) Souk, and the Cherratine (leather) Souk. Just west of the main souk area, at the end of Rue Bab Debbagh, you’ll find Marrakesh’s tanneries, where animal skins are still dyed the old-fashioned way.

 

Built in 1565 by the Saadians, the Medersa (madrassa – Islamic school of learning) of Ben Youssef is the largest theological college in Morocco. The warrens of rooms (with student cells that once were home to 900 pupils) are clustered around small internal courtyards in typical Islamic architecture style, but the main internal courtyard is the real highlight here. The fine zellige tiling, stalactite ceilings, cedar-wood detailing, and Kufic inscriptions used as decoration across the courtyard’s interior make this medersa one of Morocco’s most beautiful buildings and a star medina attraction.

 

 

This 16th-century burial ground is home to 66 members of the Saadian dynasty, which ruled over Marrakesh between 1524 and 1668. The tombs here include that of the ruler Al-Mansour, his successors, and their closest family members. It’s a rambling, atmospheric place, with the mausoleums set amid a rather overgrown garden. In particular, the main mausoleum (where Moulay Yazid is buried) has a fine surviving mihrab (prayer niche). The Saadian Tombs were walled up by their Alawite successors and were only rediscovered in the early 20th century.

 

These lush tropical gardens full of cacti, palms, and ferns, are the work of painter Jacques Majorelle. Originally from the town of Nancy in France, Majorelle came to Marrakesh for health reasons and became well known for his paintings of local Moroccan life. His most famous work, though, was this garden and the vibrant blue (the color now known as Majorelle blue) painter’s studio he lived in on the grounds. After Majorelle’s death in 1962, French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent bought the property and upon his death in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the gardens. Majorelle’s old painting studio is now home to a fabulous museum dedicated to Berber artistry. A museum dedicated to YSL’s life and famed fashion legacy is currently being built on the grounds as well.

Address: Avenue Yacoub el Mansour

Also known as the Koubba Ba’adiyn, the Almoravid Koubba is Marrakesh’s oldest monument – built in the 12th century during Ali Ben Youssuf’s reign. Although its original use is unknown, some experts have suggested that it may have been the ablution house of a mosque that once sat next door. Its simple exterior design (a squat, square building topped with a dome) belies an interesting interior, with a dome ceiling covered in Almoravid motifs. The koubba was one of the few buildings to survive the damage inflicted by the Almohad conquerors, who destroyed much of the earlier Almoravid architectural legacy.

Address: Place Ben Youssef, Medina

 

This magnificent peacock of a palace was built in the late 19th century as the residence of the Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed, who served Sultan Moulay al-Hassan I. The interior decoration is a dazzling display of zellige tiles, painted ceilings, and ornate wrought-iron features showcasing the opulent lives of those high up in the sultan’s favor at that time. The massive marble grand courtyard and opulent salons of the haram area are the two main attractions, while the lush internal courtyard of the grand riad, with its banana-leaf plants and citrus trees, is a tranquil respite from the city.

Address: Rue Riad Zitoun el Jedid, Medina

 

Even in a country chock full of sublime road-trip scenery, the Tizi-n’Test Pass stands out. This winding mountain road heads south out of Marrakesh down to Taroudant in a dizzying array of switchbacks that may give the wobbles to those who don’t like heights. The mountain scenery along the way is simply sumptuous and allows a taste of Morocco’s vast and beautifully raw countryside. A road branching off the pass, just past Taliouine, is the start of the high pass into the Draa Valley.

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