/ Marrakesh Morocco – Assembly Of The Dead Or Meeting Place At End Of The World
Marrakesh Morocco – Assembly Of The Dead Or Meeting Place At End Of The WorldMarrakesh Morocco is the lively former capital of Morocco, famed for its markets and festivals, hippies and criminals, devout and destitute, debauched and intellectual – it is a study in dichotomies.
Surrounded by 9.7 km (6 mi) of unbroken walls, Marrakesh Morocco is punctuated by towers and battlements, which cast shadows across the rich, red soil that reflects a peachy red in the sunlight, deepening to crimson as the day passes. As you wander down the crowded, maze-like, colorful broad avenues you will pass crumbling architectural treasures, donkeys and mules carrying produce, wood and weaving workshops, steam-billowing hammams, ancient mosques, and shiny modern hotels.
The pulsating energy center of Marrakesh Morocco is the Djemaa el-Fna. Follow the enticing aromas and deafening noise into the calamitous atmosphere of this enormous market in the midst of the Medina. Part mystic zoo, part animalistic carnival, part Olympic village – this market has to be seen to be believed.
Housed in an enormous rectangular space, snake charmers, acrobats, monkey tamers, henna artists and veiled ladies selling bracelets or begging for money with outstretched hands, everyone vies for your attention.
Jugglers and storytellers jostle for position with magicians, dancing transvestites playing the cymbals, fire-eaters and fortune tellers. Boxers, astrologers, and men with scorpions crawling on their faces all contribute to the melee.
At one end of the market, where the gates lead into the souk, you can sit on a balcony or roof terrace to watch the madness unfold beneath you as you sip on a cup of tea and munch tagine. The tourists generally take advantage of this respite, while the locals prefer to sup at the food stalls, joining in a circle in the center of the Djemma, with the majestic 70-m (230-ft) Koutoubia mosque holding court above it.
Stay for sunset when the surrounding buildings turn orange, blue and pink, after which the hundred of gas lamps are lit, creating haunting shadows. The carnival-like atmosphere continues and grows in ferocity through the wee hours and begins again at dawn.
Marrakesh Morocco Also Known As
‘Assembly of the Dead’ or ‘meeting place at the end of the world’. Which is believed to refer to the practice of executing criminals here.
What To See In Marrakesh Morocco
Djemma el-Fna will satisfy your appetite for the traditional and the strange – it is an assault on the senses.
Worth A Splurge In Marrakesh Morocco
Take a ride on a caleche – a green canopied horse-drawn carriage – to tour the city including the Menara and Agdal Gardens.
What You Should Know About Marrakesh Morocco
The market is a thieve’s dream so watch your bag or wallet.
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