Vista Point Marrakesh Morocco
Marrakesh, the ‘red pearl’ of Morocco was founded
by Yusuf ibn Tashfin in 1602. It is one of the country’s four
Royal Cities. Up to the beginning of the 20th century, the city was a
trading centre for both the north of Morocco and the Sahara and the monarchs of
various dynasties made Marrakesh their capital city.
The large souks of Marrakesh’s Medina are divided into numerous sections and
stock just about everything known to man!
In spite of the city’s apparent calm, there is much activity and the traffic
is surprisingly well disciplined.
Marrakesh has the largest souks in Morocco. As well as shoes and
clothing, they stock all the necessities of life and of course, bargaining and
haggling are the norm! Daily life in the souks is dominated by
trade. They are a vital meeting place and trading centre for the farmers of
the High Atlas. Those who wish to experience Moroccan daily life can do so
here and a stroll through the narrow alleys, taking in the city’s sounds and
aromas, explains far more than any travel guide.
Djemaa el Fna is the ‘Square of the Beheaded’ and is Marrakesh’s most famous
attraction with snake charmers, musicians and storytellers. In 2001, the
Square of the Beheaded was designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.
Built in 1158, the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque is the symbol of the
city. The 77 metre tall sandstone minaret served as the model for the
Giralda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Most of the
mosque was built by Spanish prisoners of war.
Marrakesh is an historic bridge that unites both urban and nomadic cultures,
an exotic gateway to Africa and a captivating window to Europe!