Journey Through Morocco - Marrakech
June 06, 2021 • Leave a Comment
Continuing on our Moroccan journey from Casablanca and Essaouira (if you missed that part of the trip, you can start with Casablanca here and read about Essaouira here), let's head east to the bustling city of Marrakech.
When you hear of Marrakech, the first thing that comes to mind will likely be the main square in the old medina where the market is located. The Djemaa El Fna square is filled with vendors selling local foods, fruits and spices, clothing and housewares. Pedestrians and motorbikes share the space, along with curious tourists. Here you will also find snake charmers and monkey trainers, if you'd like to have your photo taken with them. Luckily there was a terrace nearby where I could capture photos of the market, so I didn’t have to get too close to the snakes!
After visiting the busy market, you can take in some historical culture by visiting the Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century. The Grand Vizier of Marrakech lived here with his four wives, 24 concubines and numerous children. Constructed of cedar wood ceilings, marble, and ceramic tiles, it’s a great example of Islamic architecture with amazing details.
As for artistic culture and a visit to a garden oasis within the city, the Jardin Marjorelle is highly recommended. French painter Jacques Majorelle spent 40 years creating this garden with 300 plant species from 5 different continents. His Art Deco studio is painted in vibrant blue and yellow colours, where the Berber Museum is currently housed. Yves Saint Laurent bought this property in 1980 and saved it from being developed into a hotel. So fortunate to have this wonderful gem preserved!
To see more photos from Marrakech, please visit this photo gallery in my travel portfolio. What did you like most about this city?
Friendly hint: you can buy these prints from my online shop, or contact me for customized sizes and print medium. My entire collection of photos from Morocco can be found in my photo book "Patterns of Morocco" - you can see an excerpt here. If you'd like to order a copy of the book for yourself or your family, friends or clients, please reach me via the Contact form.
I hope you've enjoyed this visit to Marrakech. Follow me on my next blog post as we continue this journey through Morocco, where we'll head into the Sahara Desert!
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