Within the madness of the medieval Medina, experience the exotic charm and traditional way of life that has nourished Marrakech for over a millennium.Separated from the Sahara Desert by the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech was built in 1070 as the capital of the Almoravid Empire. Formed from the earth, red mud buildings have given it the nickname The Red City. But 500 years after its inception, wealthy Sultans added to the architecture with sumptuous palaces and ornate tombs – the combination of which provides a myriad of captivating things to do in Marrakech. Marrakech is made special by the colourful mix of Arab and Berber cultures. Experience the vigour of stall holders expertly singing their own praises while strolling the crammed souks in the medieval Medina. Wander the maze of narrow laneways as the call to prayer rises above the clamour of artisans crafting their wares.
ALI BEN YOUSSEF MADRASA (MEDERSA BEN YOUSSEF)
The local mosques in Marrakech are said to contain some of the city’s most impressive artistry. But as they are closed to non-Muslims, the best way to get educated in the splendour of Islamic design is at Ali Ben Youssef Madrasa.
Founded in the 14th century, the madrasa was at one time the largest Qurʾānic school in North Africa.
Where | Kaat Benahid, Medina. Find it here on maps.
When | 9am-7pm (6pm winter)
Price | 50dh (the price has increased considerably since it shut for works)
VISIT MAISON DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE MARRAKECH
Le Maison de la Photographie (often the “Photography Museum” or “House of Photography” in English) is one of Morocco’s richest photography museums.
Le Maison de la Photographie is tucked away deep in the old Marrakesh medina.
Where | 46 Rue Souk Ahal Fassi, Medina. Find it here on maps.
When | 9.30 am - 6 pm (everyday)
Price | 50 dh (free for under 15s)
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