Marrakech city sightseeing
Marrakech sightseeing tour Overview:
Discovering the red city of Marrakesh as it is known would seem quite amazing especially during an organized trip like this. The tour will provide you with a proven summary of Marrakesh’s culture, history and art.
One of the outstanding religious monuments in Marrakesh is the Koutoubia mosque which is going to be the trip’s number one visiting target. With its great square tower and the copper globes are shinning at the top of the its shrine, the mosque seems quite charming and worth visiting. However, the group can stroll along the alleys of the place getting to know more about the mosque. At that side, there are traditional wooden- carved fountains and some old lodging homes. They seem harmonically decorated in a special way.
Visiting the largest and the most influential North African college is what will interest you. It is the Medrassa ben Yousef that dealt with theology long time ago. The group there will be introduced to the Medrasssa’s main sections, its library and the iconic books it includes. This is going to be very amazing to know the most influential building in the region. However, this fact about the Medrassa’s interests and its theological method of teaching indicate the intellectuality of the scholars especially at that time.
Away of that, to walk in el- Madina of the red city ” the center of Marrakesh” is something different. Through the narrow alleys, you can visit the interesting quarters of handicrafts and this is just some of what you can do there far away from the hustling. This is going to be amazing to know such a new and different culture by the traditional crafts and its architecture. In the souks, you will also see a display of many enchanting arts and special crafts. The atmosphere after that will be different and unique since it is going to let you revive your memory imagining the glorious age in the exquisite rooms. Beginning the lively excursions from Marrakesh is a perfect choice to refresh you before the Sahara Desert tour. Be ready my friends.
Visiting the most relative mosque to the Giralda of Seville is just another story. Definitely, it is Koutoubia mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco. Throughout the western Muslim world, this mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques and the largest ever. However, the tower of Koutoubia mosque is about 69 meters and 221 feet in its height. It is very similar to the Hispano-Moresque masterpiece in Spain since the initial construction is Islamic having the same secular decorations. In addition, the mosque is considered as an oriental monument related to Almohades architecture since the religious structure is artificial. The building has a length that is lateral of about 12.8 meters and 41 feet; it has also a traditionally Almohad tower that is adorned with four copper globes. However, the interior of the Islamic building is massive where six major rooms are in the entrance; the muezzin would rather choose to ride up reaching the balcony in order to call the faithful to pray. This is the Islamic rituals of prayers where they call one voice five times a day.
El Bahia Palace
The absolute best example of the 19th Eastern architecture in Marrakesh is El Bahia Palace. It is such a real beauty organized in the shape of a charming building. The palace was built between 1894 and 1900 for Ba Ahmed/ Ahmed Ibn Moussa according to the most popular artistic fashion at that time which was the Alawi style.
The number of workers who had built El Bahia Palace was unbelievingly huge at that time. However, more than one thousands of Fez’s craftsmen came with hundreds of builders to establish the majestic palace. In addition to that, the building was time and effort consuming process since it took about seven years to open El Bahia Palace. Nowadays, the building is a living representation of the high classes’ trends and luxurious standards of the wealthy who lived at that time. Although it is quite a trendy elegant monument that every visitor hopes to see each part of it, the council chamber is one of the sections that is opened to the public. However, not all the apartments inside the palace are open to the visitors.
The council chamber is decorated in a special manner where the walls are tiled and the wooden ceiling is illuminated made of cedar. The visitor to this section will definitely feel the aristocratic atmosphere of the 19th century nobels. Another interior apartment is where the sultan’s favorite concubine exists and it is also one of the public sections. And the palace’s great courtyard can be seen in the center which is the place where a lot of visitors like to walk from fountain to another examining the zelliges decorations and the white marble that paves the ground.
The Saadian Tombs
If you visit Marrakesh, you will certainly hear about the Saadian Tombs. So, what are they?
The Saadian Tombs were recently discovered in Marrakesh especially in 1917. Many say that the Beaux arts service is the organization that restored the tombs.
These tombs are not newly made; they are ancient dating back to 1578-1603 to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. Despite the fact of their oldness, the tombs are distinguished as a masterpiece. They have been a great attraction to many visitors who came to Marrakesh because of their architecture and special cravings. The tombs are beautifully decorated in a manner that charms the observer. However, the delicate lines at the tombs’ top are considered to be as one of the most artistic forms in the world of architecture. These were first built to the house of the Saadian Sultan’s tombs, Ahmed el Mansour. After that, in 1591 especially in the southern Kasbahs, the first “koubba”/ dome of this burial ground was built.
Menara Gardens is the land where a network of irrigation channels meet to water an area of 250 acres. These gardens cover massive areas of olive trees which surround a large lake. The lake in the center of the gardens dates back to the 12th century where a small ancient pavilion from the Saadian ruling times is still at the edge of the water. The view from Menara Gardens is breathtaking since the snowy peaks in winter can be easily observed in a more harmonic aspect. In the evening, you will feel safe sitting in the wealthy Menara Gardens watching the passing last lines of sun behind the cold peaks. Is there something more magical?
The Majorelle Garden
The Majorelle Garden is another aspect of beauty in Marrakesh. It is a full garden of colorful paths and decorated walkways. They are splendidly planted with a varied collection of plants and roses at the walkways’ both sides. The garden is lush with green trees and the ponds are planted next to cactus and other fresh and lively kinds of plants. Other than that, the Majorelle Garden contains an organized shop with hand-made goods that seem special and different to anyone. The Majorelle Garden bears the name of the French expatriate Jacque Majorelle who designed the building. He is regarded as the original founder of the garden; he is born in Nancy, France in 1886, however. This estate garden is maintained by the international figure, Yves Saint Laurent and was previously named as the Jardin Bou Saf.
Djemaa El Fna
It is one place that gathers three areas into one. In Djemaa el Fna, Marrakesh, many of the High Atlas’ merchants and peasants from the region of Sous and sellers from the Southern Morocco meet together in this traditional place to exchange their goods. This social and economic movement made Marrakesh the living heart and the starting point for each prosperous activity. In the center of Marrakesh, the crowds of local people cover the large square of the red city.
In the mornings, they meet the different sellers and merchants who came from all sides of Morocco to offer the best of their products. Djemaa el Fna becomes the source of fresh fruit, vegetables, pure spices, clothes and many other original goods. The place becomes alive with the murmurings of the spice sellers with their customers offering their leather bottles of water and the metal cups to drink. The traditional basket sellers, Berber merchants and ironmongers gather around together sharing their differences in one place, in the meeting point of Djemaa el Fna. In the afternoons, the square turns to a varied artistic display where the Gnaoua dancers come performing some conventional rhythms through their dances. A group of musicians, snake charmers, story tellers and entertainers who perform with their specialized monkeys offer their artistic capabilities to the public in order to spread some kind of fun. Meet us in Djeema el Fna and let us enjoy our time.