Marrakesh, a walled city bustling with people with catacomb-like streets full of hustle and bustle trade selling everything from spice to rugs. With traditional architecture dating back to Berber times, and not a skyscraper in sight, Marrakesh has stayed true to its origins earning a World Heritage Site status. The only tall structure being the minaret being on top of the Koutoubia Mosque.
Marrakesh and The Square
Marrakesh centralises itself around the Jemaa el-Fna square, making it one of the most famous squares in Africa, bringing a gap between old and new, history and modern. Everything is within easy reach of the square, from its cafes to its souk to its hospital and government buildings. A central meeting area for all to enjoy.
Marrakesh and Riads
Riads are synonymous with Morocco and the Moroccan style of living. An open house with a centralised courtyard area with a water feature and interior plants, opening the space out and providing a harmonious vibe to the standard of living. The interior decoration of a riad can tell you a lot about the wealth of the occupants, the more wealth, the more decorative work. Many riads that now stand have been in historical times and have been restored to modern usage.
When visiting it is possible to stay in one.
Marrakesh and The Walls
Marrakesh is a walled city, constructed in red brick giving it the nickname, the red city. Standing up to 6m high and with numerous gates and towers surrounding it, it feels very guarded and protected from the outside world. The whole ancient city is encompassed.
Marrakesh and its Palaces
Like most big cities, it has its grand palaces, some being riads (large houses) and other houses for royalty purposes. Its palaces were once the homes of its occupiers, these have varied over the years, from its Arab neighbours bring Islamic traditions to its African and European neighbours bringing in there influences.