Colorful souks Moorish architecture intimate gardens and boutique hotels–Marrakesh is unforgettable. It is a few hours from the foot of the Sahara Desert.
The ancient section of the city known as the medina was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985.
City of marrakech. Somehow this bursting-at-the-seams city exists. For example while the city was founded by a Berber dynasty the Almoravids and most of the citys inhabitants were of Berber origin the names of most professions and of the souks specialized in them are from Arabic. Carole Morris JBT Correspondent.
The city was founded in 1070 by Emir Abu Bakr ibn Umar as the imperial capital of the Almoravid Empire. Marrakech today is an important provincial city. The first of Moroccos four imperial cities it lies in the centre of the fertile irrigated Haouz Plain south of the Tennsift River.
It has about 800000 inhabitants and most of the houses are colored read. Its Islamic roots are displayed proudly. The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh Berber words amur n kush which means Land of God It is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Fez and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
Marrakech has the largest traditional markets in Morocco and the image of the city is closely associated with its souksThey represent a mix of Berber and Arab heritage. Marrakech became the capital of the Almoravid dominion. Where Europe Africa and the Middle East mingle and merge.
However the heart of Marrakech still beats to the same ancient rhythm. Marrakech MedinaIt is truly a colorful city of entertainment and is called the one of the pearls of morocco. The city was one of Moroccos four imperial cities.
Marrakech also spelled Marrakesh chief city of central Morocco. F ounded almost a thousand years ago Marrakech is one of the great cities of the Maghreb. Founded in 1070 by Emir Abu Bakr Ibn Umar in the Almoravid dynasty Marrakech is the fourth largest city and one of the four imperial cities in Morocco besides Meknes Fes and Rabat.
It is the major economic center and has several upcoming industries and markets. Return travelers may find this modern side the new city of Marrakech gives a fresh perspective revealing a City that is thriving and attracting world-wide attention for art design travel and business development opportunities and rising gastronomy cuisine. A new religious movement from the High Atlas called Almohads seized the city of Marrakech from the Almoravid in 1147 and the Almohad Caliph Abd al-Mumin refused to enter the city because he claimed the mosques in Marrakech were not correctly orientated.
In the center of Marrakech is a square Djemaa el Fna which is the operating point for entertainers such as acrobats drummers dancers pipe musicians comedians and storytellersTheres plenty of choice for meals including the Djemaa el Fna food stalls many inexpensive cafe-restaurants and a number of up-market palace-restaurants. In the 12th century the Almoravids built many madrasas Quranic schools and mosques in Marrakesh that bear Andalusian influences. Marrakech is truly the city of entertainment in Morocco.
Spend your days exploring the quiet courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina walking through the serene Jardin Majorelle or taking in the beauty of the citys mosques before ending the evening at a one-of-a-kind riad. French occupation brought in European influence as the new city of Marrakech shows. Marrakech is the second largest city of Morocco and is known as the Red City.
Marrakech is the most visited place in Morocco which is the most visited country in Africa but despite its status as a tourist magnet the city isnt resting on its laurels.