Founded in 1070 - 72 by the Almoravids, Marrakech remained a political, economic and cultural center for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia. It has several impressive monuments dating from that period: The Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, the battlements, monumental doors, gardens, etc... Later architectural jewels include the El Badi Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrasa (school), the Saadian Tombs, several great residences and Place Jamaâ El Fna, a veritable open-air theatre.
Marrakech comprises an old fortified city packed with vendors and their stalls. This medina quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it is one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic center and tourist destination. Real estate and hotel development in Marrakech have grown considerably in the 21st century. Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco.
You should visit Marrakech because this city is undoubtedly the bursting heart of Morocco where Europe, Africa and the Middle East mingle and merge!
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The beating heart of the city
Jamaâ El Fna is the main square in Marrakech. It is also the busiest market in Africa, attracting millions of visitors every year. The square reminds visitors of the famous Disney movie “Aladdin”. Home to snake charmers, fortune tellers, dancers and all manner of merchants, it is quite the experience to visit.
Things to do in Marrakech