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Dunes & Desert
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This attraction has always been loved by travellers visiting Marrakech. Every day it hosts unique shows for locals and travellers.
There are plenty of cafés around the square so people can enjoy the performing acts and dancing while sipping mint tea. You will see snake charmers, singers, story tellers and healers attracting an audience of local Moroccans and tourists.
The Koutoubia mosque, built in the 12th century, is one of the main religious monuments of Marrakech. Together with the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat, it is one of the major architectural masterpieces by the Almohad dynasty.
With decorations and ornaments tiled white, turquoise and blue and arabesques carved on the four different sides it's a must see on your trip to the Red City.
It derives its name from "kutub" (Arabic for "write") and refers to the historical presence of sacred books or scribes who served the illiterate.
The Saadian tombs
The tombs were only recently discovered in 1917 and date back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603).
The mausoleum comprises members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family.
The building is composed of three rooms, the most famous being the room with the twelve columns. This room contains the grave of the son of the sultan's son.
This grand palace looks like a huge maze: any trained eye can detect the complexity of the tangle of courts and gardens that extend for 8 acres.
The powerful vizier Sidi Moussa built the palace for his favourite mistress, hence the name of Bahia ("the beautiful"). It was to accommodate four wives, 24 concubines and their countless children without these women never noticing their respective gardens!
The construction lasted ten years, and called on the skills of the best craftsmen in the land.
The souks and the old medina
The souks to the north of the square are covered markets in a maze of narrow streets and small squares. Each area is dedicated to specific skills and products. It's a treasure chest of leather, wool, coppersmiths, jewellers and more. A shoppers delight!
The Medersa Ben Youssef is open to the public and is particularly interesting. The building dates back to the 14th century and was founded by Sultan Abu al-Hasan, of the dynasty of the Merenides, and was almost completely rebuilt during the period sa'dide.