Marrakech city located in the south of Morocco stretches back nearly a thousand years. The country of Morocco itself is named after it.
Founded c. 1070 by the Almoravids as the capital of their empire, Marrakesh went on to also serve as the imperial capital of the Almohad Caliphate from 1147. The Marinids, who captured Marrakesh in 1269, relocated the capital to Fez, leaving Marrakesh as a regional capital of the south. During this period, it often broke off in rebellion into a semi-autonomous state. Marrakesh was captured by the Saadian sharifs in 1525 and resumed its status as an imperial capital for a unified Morocco after they captured Fez in 1549. Marrakesh reached its epic grandeur under the Saadians, who greatly embellished the city. The Alawite sharifs captured Marrakesh in 1669. Although it served frequently as the residence of the Alawite sultans, Marrakesh was not their definitive capital, as Alawite sultans moved their courts frequently between various cities.
Jamaa el Fena Square
Magnificent and vibrant – day and night – Jamaâ El Fna square is an incredible place for cultural exchange. Tourists from all over like to linger there to soak up the festive and popular atmosphere that reigns there. Since 2001 ، Unesco has chosen to reference it to the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. At the first light of day, Jamaâ El Fna slowly comes to life and prepares to welcome tourists and locals in abundance after 10 am. If you sleep in the city of Ochre, take advantage of the freshness of the morning and the tranquillity of the first hours to go there and have breakfast. Orange juice, fresh pomegranate juice or tea, Moroccan pastries will delight your taste buds. You can also sit out on a café terrace and watch the bustle of the market, with its spices, dried fruits, and sun-soaked fruit stalls. Snake charmers, acrobats, and fortune-tellers enrich an already exotic destination but keep an eye on your wallet and dine with the locals
The Koutoubia Mosque will be one of the buildings we will see most when we visit Marrakech and, at the same time, one of the most unknown once we leave. This is because its minaret is one of the most visible points of the city, Just across Jamaa el Fena Square, the Koutoubia Mosque standing Tall, surrounded by a Green beautiful Garden, where Local and Visitors can have to enjoy the Moroccan Architecture combined with the beauty of the nature. The whole design of the tower includes a high angular shaft with a smaller but identical superstructure resting on it, topped by a dome, and a quite interesting fact is that the prominence of the minaret makes it a landmark structure of Marrakesh, which is maintained by an ordinance prohibiting any high rise buildings around it.
Souk ‘’the Market’’
The souk of Marrakech is famous as one of the most exotic marketplaces to shop in the world. For first-time visitors, yet, is best explored by just walking around aimlessly without any plans, just absorbing the things that all the time happen around you.
from the Jamaa El Fena Square, you can Discover the Souk Semarine ”Market of Semarine” the main spot for all kinds of Moroccan handicrafts Products, Clothes, Spices, Pottery, Leather, Carpets, Handmade Furniture, Lights and so much more,
Nowhere is Morocco’s living craftsmanship better illuminated than in the working carpenters’ and blacksmiths’ souks – Souk Chouari and Souk Haddadine, at the northern edge of the souks. These fragrant, noisy alleys are refreshingly unspoiled. To the southwest of this main cluster of streets is Souk Sebbaghine or Souk des Teinturiers – the dyers’ souk, where rich iridescent skeins of wool and silk colored with indigo, saffron, mint, and poppy blaze against the sky. Music lovers should not miss exploring Souk Kimakhine, where traditional Moroccan and Gnaoua instruments are sold.