Owning the sunshine and colourful historical city, Marrakech in Morocco is really a dream, a paradise for the photographers who admire the beauty.
Marrakech is named “The Red City”, built in 1062. The name Marrakech in African Language is Land of Gods. Most of the houses here were painted in light red and brown colors. If you come to Marrakech in a winter evening, you will feel warmer when you look at these houses.
Located at the foot of Atlas Mountain, Marrakech is possibly the most important of Morocco’s four former imperial cities (cities that were built by Moroccan Berber empires also include Casablanca, Fes and Rabat). Being considered as “The Pearl of Morocco”, in each destination of the Red City, the Tourists will have their own memorable experiences.
The city is divided into two distinct parts: the Medina, the historical city, and the new European modern district called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The Medina is full of intertwining narrow passageways and local shops full of character. In contrast, Gueliz plays host to modern restaurants, luxurious hotels and big brand stores. The Medina is the place where the photographers in the world come to take a shoot about the beautiful moments of the life. However, you should ask for the permission of the people living here if you want to photograph them because they don’t like to be photographed.
Beside that, another most impressive and attractive destination in Marrakech is Jemaa El Fna, one of the crowdest squares in Africa as well as the world. At that place, the tourists will have chance to meet the buskers, the tattoo makers, as well as the seller of the “myth things” and also the street story tellers…etc
Nowaday, Jemma El Fna is a square with the modern characteristic. However, the general context of the city and the square can bring the ancient feeling to all of the visitors who once come to this place; it looks like everything is “still the same in thousand years”. They also believe that they can find “ancient and strength and also a little bit terrific” amulets in the Medina.
Right besides Djemaa El-Fna, is named after the booksellers market that used to be here. It is said that the minaret of the Koutoubia mosque is to Marrakech as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. As with most mosques in Morocco, non-Muslims are not allowed inside.
Tourists also shouldn’t miss the La Bahia Palace; the Palace is named following the name of the woman that was love most by the Prime Minister under the Moulay Hassan Era.
If we are not the shoppaholic, trust me, we will still be attracted by the smell of the aromatic candle, soaps, dried flowers as well as the colours of the spices, silk, carpet in Souk Market..
Beside the antique features that can revive the myth atmosphere like the “1001 stories of night of Sheherazade”, Morocco also owns the modern characters. That makes the specific traits of the Marrakech in private and Morroco in general: the perfect mix between modern and ancient.
Minh Le (collecting) _ WORLDKINGS