Here are some ideas to visit and places to discover in the Medina of Marrakech, the eve city.
It is built by neighborhood with streets and alleys maze (the derbs) that revolve around each of the mosque, the hammam and the fountain.
Saadian Tombs were built by Ahmed al-Mansur Saadi (1578-1603). They were not discovered until about 1917, then restored by the department of Fine Arts. They house the bodies of sixty Saadian, which Al-Mansur and his family. Outside, there are the graves of soldiers and servants. This mausoleum is a fine example of Moorish decorative art. In the district of the Kasbah, south of the medina.
Badi Palace (“the incomparable Palace”) was built by Saadian Ahmed al-Mansur Dhahbi to celebrate the victory of the Portuguese army in 1578. In 1696, the Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail took there was richer in this palace to build the imperial city of Meknes. It remains today a huge esplanade dug garden and surrounded by high walls on which storks have placed their nests. The view of Marrakech and the mountains from the top of the walls is magnificent.
Since 2011, the El Badi Palace is used as a stage for the Festival du Rire Marrakech organized parJamel Debbouze.
The Bahia Palace (“Palace of the beautiful, the brilliant”) was built in the nineteenth century to the grand vizier Ahmed ben Moussa by the best craftsmen and artisans of Morocco for six years. It is a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture and one of the major monuments of the country’s heritage.
The Dar Si Said Museum is entirely dedicated to the Moroccan craft industry of wood. It is a large house built in the late nineteenth century by Si Said, brother of Ba Ahmed, chamberlain of Sultan Moulay Hassan I and Grand Vizier of Moulay Abdelaziz. It became a museum in 1932.
The Ben Youssef Madrasa is a former Koranic school built in 1570. It was during more than four centuries a home for students. It is open to the public since 1982. In the patio, the great diversity of materials and the beauty of the sculptures make it one of the most magnificent monuments of the Red City.
Jemaa El Fna is the main square in Marrakech read. It lies at the heart of the Medina (old town) which makes it a great place to return to. It is animated from early afternoon until the prayer of around 5 am by the many snake charmers, jugglers, musicians or small restaurants that installs in the early afternoon . Jemaa El Fna square was named Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2001 by UNESCO
The Tiskiwin museum is a large house built in the 20th century that brings together traditional objects from cultures from all over Morocco as its owner anthropologist Bert Flint gleaned during his travels in the Souss valley and the Saharan region . It also conveys the symbolism of the patterns, skills, customs and beliefs associated … From Hispano-Moorish style, the house itself is an architectural treasure.
The House of Photography of Marrakech is a Moroccan cultural structure containing a large and beautiful old photos on the collection of Morocco from 1870 to 1950 to discover Morocco at the time and in particular the first documentaries made in documentary in color Morocco Daniel Chicault in 1957 dedicated to the Berber tribes of the High Atlas.
You can also restore or drink a mint tea on the terrace overlooking the entire neighborhood and offers a splendid view over the rooftops of the medina.
The Boucharouite Museum, the newest museum opened in Marrakech, offers a magnificent carpet collection “Boucharouites” (rugs made recycling clothes discarded) and “Zindekh” (embroidered carpets, made on a frame of grain bags plastic).
It is located in a charming riad in which the owner also arranged many antiques, including a superb collection of iconography Mohamed V.
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The Gueliz, also called “new town” although there are now many other newer neighborhoods, was built by the French during the protectorate but the estate is currently bidding tend to disappear this art deco heritage. There still remains some beautiful homes to discover during your walks. It is also in this neighborhood you will find the shops of clothing or other international channels accessories and the new shopping center, “Eden Square.”
Majorelle Garden is a botanical garden inspired tourism Islamic garden of about 300 species on nearly a hectare in Marrakech and also offers a museum of Berber culture.
It bears the name of its founder, the French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962), who created it in 1931. Purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980, it is up to date to the Foundation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and the house is labeled Illustrious houses since 2011.