The Medina in Marrakesh, Morocco

August 17, 2020 Marrakesh, Morocco



To conclude my series of posts sharing my travels throughout Morocco - from Tamouda Bay and the city of Chefchaouen to our riad in Marrakesh and afternoon tea at the Royal Mansour - I wanted to share my final photographs from the city of Marrakesh itself. As supported by the title, these images were taken inside the Medina in Marrkesh.

The Medina is the historic center of Marrakesh and is surrounded by walls erected in 1122 that stretch 19 kilometers in length. It is the center of life within the larger city of Marrakesh; it is packed with riads, hammam bath houses, and souks selling an assortment of Moroccan spices, incense, various scented oils, and an array colorful textiles. At the center of the Medina is Jemaa el-Fna square, a hub comprised of a myriad of food stalls, snake charmers, henna tattooists, and carriage drivers. While we enjoyed visiting the square, we were also cautious, as we had been warned to avoid the food and to stay away from the snake charmers and men with monkeys. It may seem tempting to look, but they are known to approach tourists and put the animals around peoples' necks in an effort to secure profit. Additionally, the monkeys are chained by the legs and the snakes I am sure are not treated very humanely either, and I personally would not want to support a system that oppresses these animals.

On our first day in Marrakesh, we ventured outside of the Medina to the royal district and visited the historic Kasbah Mosque, or the Mosque of Moulay al-Yazid. Constructed in 1190, it is one of the largest and oldest in Morocco and is still used as a house of worship for Muslims. Five times throughout the day, we heard the call to prayer from the mosque reverberate throughout the entire city of Marrakesh, followed by an echo of dozens of other call to prayers from nearby mosques.

Walking along the cobblestone streets filled with smoke from passing motorcyclists, pungent smells of spices added to couscous, and beckoning tradespeople, I was struck by the vitality and vitality of the Medina. I have never before visited a place so culturally rich, or one that embodies the term sensory overload. I long to return to this breathtaking city; to smell the fragrant scents of saffron, feel the slippery smooth touch of Moroccan argan oil, and to savor the sweet, refreshing taste of Moroccan mint tea.






6 comments

  1. Look at all the colours and culture! It must be absolutely amazing there!

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  2. I really enjoyed my time at the medina but I think it's impossible to not get lost!

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  3. Marrakesh looks so beautiful! I love seeing all the colorful walls and elaborate hand crafted tiles! Morocco is definitely on my bucket list. I love the picture of the cats on the motorcycle!

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    1. Thank you so much! It really is such an amazing country, and I hope you do have the chance to visit!

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