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Marrakech, the city of the Arabian Nights, is classified as one of the major cultural centres of Morocco. Marrakech is an active city, renowned for its markets and festivals.

The Medina, a World Heritage Site, houses some of the most exotic and fascinating places in the country. An example of this is the unique Djemaa el-Fna Square, which is the vibrant centre of the city. The food stalls fill the air with aromas foreign to the western world, and the streets are flooded with jugglers, storytellers, snake charmers, magicians, acrobats and a whole variety of harmless lunatics.
Its souks (markets) are regarded as being amongst the best of the country. Amongst the many attractive sites of the old quarter the annex to the Koubba Ba'adiyn Mosque with its peculiar Almoravid style, the fascinating Koutoubia Mosque and the Dar Si Said Palace (where the Museum of the Moroccan Arts is situated) are to be highlighted.

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The Koutoubia Mosque. The Mosque of the book traders was finally finished in 1199 and since then it has become the symbol of the city. Its 70-metre minaret overlooks the entire valley, having served for 800 hundred years as the place from which the muezzin calls to prayer every day at dawn.
The red walls of the Medina, built in 1126, extend as far as 12 km. The combination of red walls, green palm trees and snow white colour of the hilly background provides a breathtaking composition.

The Royal Palace. The Agdal Gardens are situated behind it, a backdrop for festivals and celebrations.

The Menara. The group of gardens and canals dating from the 12th century is a romantic and shaded place filled with ancient olive trees, renowned to be one of the most photographed places in Morocco. In the afternoons the atmosphere becomes calmer and a walk around the area brings a feeling of peacefulness and tranquillity that is impossible anywhere else in the city. The most traditional way to visit this area is by horse cart. Another beautiful garden to visit is the Majorelle Gardens, built in the 1920s, during the French colonial years. 

 

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