Marrakech

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Marrakech (مراكش marrākish), known as the "Pearl of the South," is a city in southwestern Morocco in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Marrakech is a Berber word; it means the country of god (murt 'n akush). Marrakech is located at Template:Coor dms Marrakech has the largest berber market (souk) in Morocco and also hosts the busiest square in the entirety of Africa, called Djemaa el Fna.

Like many North African cities, Marrakech has two main divisions: the médina and the modern city.

Marrakech is served by Ménara International Airport.

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Demographics

Main article: Demographics of Morocco

The official number of residents is 450,000; however the population is estimated to be around one million. The largest population of Marrakech are Berber.

History

Main article: History of Morocco

Yusuf ibn Tashfin, member of the Almoravides dynasty, founded the city in 1062.

Prior to the reign of Moulay Ismail the Bloodthirsty, Marrakech was the capital of Morocco. After his reign, his grandson moved the capital back to Marrakech from Meknès.

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Areas and neighborhoods

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Mosques, medrassas, synagogues and zaouias

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City hall

Palaces, dars and villas

Cemeteries, koubbas and mausolea

Handicrafts and business

  • Souks
    • Souk Kimakhin (stringed instruments)
    • Souk el Bradiia (pitchers)
    • Souk Hadaddine (metalwork)
    • Souk Chouari (basketry, woodturning)
    • Dyers' Souk, Wool Souk
    • Souk Smarine (clothing)
    • Rahba Quedima ("Old Square")
    • Souk el Kebir (leatherwork)
      • Kissarias
      • Souk el Batna (skins)
      • Souk el Maazi (goatskin)
    • Souk Zrabia (Criée Berbère, Carpet Souk)
    • Souk Fakharina
    • Souk Siyyaghin (jewelry)
    • Souk Smata (slippers, belts)
    • Souk aux tenturiers
    • Cherratine Souk
    • Attarine Souk
  • Tanneries
  • Hôtel la Mamounia
  • Handicraft center
  • Gidel Building
  • Renaissance Café
  • Société Générale
  • Marjane hypermarket

Museums

Ramparts and gates

Places and squares

  • Place Djemaâ el Fna
  • Square de Charles Foucauld
  • Place de la Liberté
  • Place du 16 Novembre
  • Place des Ferblantiers
  • Place Youssef Ben Tachfine
  • Place Mourabiten

Gardens and parks

Other structures

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External links

de:Marrakesch fr:Marrakech it:Marrakech ja:マラケシュ nl:Marrakech nds:Marrakesch sv:Marrakech zh:马拉喀什

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