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Sebaatou Rijales (The Seven Patrons of Marrakech): Mohamed Sidi Ben Slimane al-Jazouli

Mohamed Sidi Ben Slimane al-Jazouli is not only considered as one of the seven patronsS  of Marrakech, but he is also recognised for his holiness throughout the Islamic world. As an Islamic scholar and Imam, Sidi Ben Slimane al-Jazouli, often … Continue reading

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Where Sparks Fly: the hidden iron workshops of the Souks.

Lying at the northern point of the world famous Souks, hidden down a small alleyway off the main Souk passageways, it is possible to find a row of Iron workshops inhabited by local Marrakchis. Although this spot remains uncharted on … Continue reading

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The Saint Martyrs Church (L’Eglise des Saints Martyrs)

Nestled in the heart of Gueliz you can find the first Church to be built in Marrakech, The Saint Martyrs Church (L’Eglise des Saints Martyrs). As seen in the photo above, The Saint Martyrs Church is located opposite an equally … Continue reading

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The Gates of the Medina: Bab Er-Robb

Bab Er-Robb, which translates as ‘Lord’s Gate’, was used for controlling spirits; nowadays it functions as the main entrance into the Medina. Whereas Bab Er-Robb is perhaps not as visually stunning as it’s close neighbor, Bab Agnaou, it is possible … Continue reading

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The Gates of the Medina: Bab Agnaou

While it’s nearby neighbor Bab er-Robb acts as the official entrance to the city, Bab Agnaou functions as the main entrance to the Kasbah which is the site of the El Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs and the El Mansouria … Continue reading

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The El-Harti Gardens (Jardins El-Harti)

  Situated in the heart of Gueliz, the El-Harti Gardens have everything to offer.  As one of Marrakech’s larger new gardens, it is possible to find playgrounds for children and sports areas for everyones enjoyment. However, what is perhaps most … Continue reading

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The Koutoubia Mosque at night during Ramadan

During Ramadan, every night after the sun has set and their fast has been broken, many Muslims go to the mosque for extra prayers called Salat Atarawih. When night falls in Marrakech, many local people quickly descend on the Koutoubia … Continue reading

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The Ramparts

Commissioned by Ali Ben Yousef back in 1126, the ramparts that surround Marrakech’s old town have become the symbol of the red city. Standing at 8-10m high they once provided protection for the inhabitants of Marrakech and, until the early … Continue reading

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The Khomisa Symbol (The Hand of Fatima)

The Hamsa symbol, also known as the hand of fatima, can be found all across the Arabic and North African world and you will repeatedly see the amulet throughout your stay in Morrocco. Most Moroccans believe that the Hamsa, or … Continue reading

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Koutoubia Gardens (Lalla Hassna Park)

The Koutoubia Mosque is the most visited monument in Marrakech. Standing at an impressive 77 meters tall, the mosque’s magnificent minaret tower dominates the city’s skyline providing a useful landmark to tourists and locals alike. However, perhaps one of the … Continue reading

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The Royal Theatre

  Inaugurated on 19th of September 2001 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Théâtre Royal de Marrakech has worked to secure the red city’s reputation as one of the major artistic and cultural focal points of the world. Inside … Continue reading

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Charity motorcycle taxis

A welcome addition to the street scene in Marrakech are the bright canopies of the charity motorcycle taxis no located on the South side of the main Jema Al Fnaa square near to the horse and carriage rank. The three … Continue reading

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Queen of the Desert

Actress Nicole Kidman is currently in Morocco shooting the biopic ‘Queen of the Desert’ based on the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell a writer archeologist and diplomat who played a key role in establishing the modern states of Jordan at … Continue reading

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Jemaa el-Fnaa – storytellers of the square

The tradition of storytelling is a Moroccan practice which has been taking place in the central square of Marrakech for many hundreds of years. Much like snake charming, acrobatics and copper working, good storytelling is a revered art which demands natural … Continue reading

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Jemaa el-Fnaa – the Medina Mosque

Overshadowing the central square of Marrakech is the stunning sight of the Medina, or Argana Mosque. Hugging the North-Western reaches of the Jemaa el-Fnaa aside of Souk Jdid, the Argana Mosque has no Qur’anic school and exists solely as a … Continue reading

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