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The Morning Prayers of Eid-el-Fitr

Thousands of worshippers rose early today, Tuesday 29th of July, for the first day of Eid-el-Fitr to attend morning prayers. Eid, to use the shortened more common name, is a three-day festival that marks the end of the holy fasting month … Continue reading

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Babouche

  The Babouche is a traditional slipper found throughout the Arab-Muslim world including Morocco and Marrakech. Usually made from leather and found in a variety of colours, the Babouche comes in various styles ranging from thick soled slippers, often worn … Continue reading

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Menara Gardens (Jardins de la Menara)

These tall trees are occasionally accompanied by a modern addition to the park: the planes flying into the nearby Marrakech Menara Airport. However, far from being a disruptive distraction, these planes fly high above the gardens, merely acting as a … Continue reading

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Abdil’s Wood Workshop

Whilst walking around Marrakech, it is impossible not to notice how many of the doors, window shutters and wooden tables are carefully adorned with exquisite carvings or intricately painted tessellated patterns. These humble items extend far beyond their functional use: … 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 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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Festival and fantasia – Tamaslouht Musem and Tbourida

About 30 kilometres to the South of the red city of Marrakech in the direction of Lalla Takerkoust lake, a small festival takes place in memory of the saint Moulay Abdellah Ben Hussain. This festival is called the Tamaslouht Musem (festival) … Continue reading

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Cafe Clock

Newly opened in the Spring of 2014 Cafe Clock is the baby of Englishman Mike Richardson.  It is the Marrakech sister of Mike’s well respected Cafe Clock in the Medina of Fez. Reasonably priced food and beverage in relaxed surroundings. … Continue reading

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ATM Jemaa El Fna

On the south side of the main square there is a concentration of banks most of which have ATM machines.  One of the best known is the French owned Societe Generale on the main Bab Agnou shopping street.  Alternatively  walk … Continue reading

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