Travelogue

Marrakesh

Marrakesh is a major city in Morocco. The area was inhabited by Berber farmers from Neolithic times, but the city was founded in 1062 by Abu Bakr ibn Umar. Like many Moroccan cities it comprises an old fortified city, Medina, packed with vendors and stalls. You can find here thousands of foodstuffs, fabrics and handicrafts. The City is famous for its beauty and hospitality. There is plenty of historic places to visit, but the very unusual and refreshing place is the Majorelle Gardens House. It contains a collection of plants from all over the world. There is also a lake and an Art Deco villa. Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered here. The Bahia Palace is a palace and a set of gardens built in the late 19th century, The name means “brilliance”. It was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. Another interesting place, the Ben Youssef Madrasa was an Islamic college founded in the14th century and named after the Almoravid sultan Ali ibn Yusuf who greatly expanded the city. It is the largest Medrasa in all of Morocco. The interiors and courtyard are richly carved in cedar, marble and stucco. The carvings contain no representation of humans or animals as required by Islam, and consist entirely of inscriptions and geometric patterns.

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