Medina of Marrakesh

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Medina of Marrakesh Reviews

rcpilgrim rcpilgrim
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UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE MARRAKESH MEDINA May 18, 2012
The medina in Marrakesh is the oldest walled part of the city and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. It was built in 1126-27 by the Almoravid dynasty. The medina has several distinct areas inside it including the Place Djemma-El-Fna. The square is the central spot in Marrakesh and features food stalls and performers, storytellers and snake charmers. The Imperial palace and the fortified Kasbah are also located inside the medina as well as two former palaces from past dynasties. The souk markets in Marrakesh are one of the largest souks in the world and are a definite must-see. They begin just off the Place Djemma-El-Fna and wind through narrow derbs and alleyways throughout the medina. Anything and everything is bought and sold here. The medina has several mosques and a former medresa, Ben Youseff Medresa. As well there are several museums and the Saadian Tombs from a past dynasty. In colonial times the French occupied Marrakesh and built elaborate houses called riads with interior open air courtyards and several rooms. Most riads today have been turned into bed and breakfast style hotels. The medina is a city inside a city and is a living example of a historic trading post built for the caravans crossing the Sahara Desert. The medina should be the main itinerary for any traveller to Marrakesh.
The Bab Agnou Gate, entrance into …
In the medina
Derb Outside the Ben Youseff Medre…
In the souk
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Africancrab says:
Great review Robert, took me back almost 10 years since I was there. Trying to write about the many places I still have unwritten.
Posted on: May 23, 2012
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Impressive Monuments dating back to the Amoravids (UNESCO Heritage Site) Oct 06, 1996
The Medina of Marrakesh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the boundary of the medina inscribed on the World Heritage List is defined by the ramparts, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Kasbah, the Saâdians tombs, the ruins of Badiâ Palace, Menara water feature and pavilion, are the monuments that make it worth protecting as a heritage. Founded in 1070–72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural center for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to all of Andalusia.

The ramparts are cut through by 18 gates, most of them fairly unadorned and some simply gaps in the wall. Bab Doukala gate, seen in my main photo, is fairly plain, but on the south side we saw Bab Ksiba gate which has some more intriguing ornate decoration. But the Bab Agnaou is the most decorative of them all.

Shopping is one of the best things to do; bargaining for literally everything you buy makes the purchase sweeter. The food stalls are amazing, for a food lover like me, sampling all that is considered bizarre by foreigner was exciting.

Some of the more exciting activities include watching the vendors at play; the monkey handlers, the food vendors, the artists (tattoos & henna). There are several stalls and carts selling colorful knitted or crotched skullcaps or the Taquiyah. They come in all shapes and designs and seem to be popular with the men of Morocco. Buy one as a souvenir, get your feet or hands colored, sample the foods and experience the culture.
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