Marrakech is a city that perfectly contains all the charm of Morocco in North Africa. This city has had a great importance throughout the ages. Inside the heart of this city you will find a lot of points of interest, both old and new.
Simply being here and wondering at the city’s beauty tops the to-do list of many visitors, with snakes charmers and shops all around, attracting you right into the middle of Morocco’s vibrant spirit.
For tourists who love history, the museums and monuments are some of the must-see sights of Morocco. For those who just want to dive into the local culture, this city offers you the details of the ancient Moroccan life. Marrakech is also the gateway to the great Atlas area of Morocco, where you can enjoy the beautiful beauty of the mountains.
For many tourists, the ancient city of Marrakech is a major attraction. The narrow alleys are filled with vibrant colors, smells and sounds. You’ll find plenty of shopping opportunities here. You should not miss shopping at the Babouche Market (Shoe Market), Chouari Market, El Attarine Market (Perfumes and Spices) and Cherratine Market. To the west of the main market area at the end of the Rue Bab Debbagh Street, you’ll find a Marrakech tannery where the animal skins are still dyed in the traditional old way.
The Koutoubia Mosque is the most famous landmark in Marrakech, with its 70 meter high minaret that can be seen from miles in every direction. The local Marrakesh legend says that when the mausoleum was first built, the muezzin of this mosque was blind. The mosque was built in 1162 and is one of the great achievements of Almohad architecture.
Medersa Ben Youssef
An Islamic school of learning was built in 1565 by the Saadians, and it is the largest religious college in Morocco. The inner courtyards are designed in typical Islamic architecture, but the main inner courtyard is the most amazing place here. In addition, the soft tiles, hard ceilings, cedar wood and Kufic inscriptions are used as decoration in the courtyard’s interior. All those elements make this school one of the most beautiful buildings in Morocco, and surely one of the most important tourist attractions.
This 16th-century cemetery is home to 66 members of the Saadian synasty, who ruled Marrakesh between 1524 and 1668. The tombs here include the ruler Al-Mansour, his successors and the closest members of his family. It is a quiet place with mausoleums amidst a huge garden. The main mausoleum (the tomb of Moulay Yazid) contains the mihrab (place of prayer). The tombs of the Saadian were hidden by their Alawite successors and were discovered only in the early 20th century.
Dar Si Said Museum
This beautiful old mansion is home to an exquisite collection of Berber jewelery in finely painted silver, oil lamps, pottery, embroidered leather and marble. There is also a display of Moroccan carpets and an amazing collection of traditional Moroccan doors and windows, which highlight the local architecture patterns of this country. For anyone interested in developing arts and crafts in North Africa, this is in the right place to spend a few hours.
The Marrakech Museum contains art collections that combine contemporary art with Qur’anic inscriptions, with local ceramics, textiles and historical coins. For most visitors, the most important characteristic of this visit is the building where the museum is located. It was built in the early 20th century, architecture in which a harmonious mix of North African local with Portuguese elements. It has a very impressive central courtyard area with luxurious chandeliers.