Jemaa El Fna Square in Marrakesh
Morocco, Marrakech

Jamaâ El Fna Square in Marrakesh is a kind of "showcase" of the city, which shows the best examples of Moroccan architecture. For several centuries, it was the center of the city, and each generation tried to add something luxurious and unique to its time. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Dzhem-el-Fna square began to represent an unimaginable mixture of styles of different eras by our century. At the same time, at first glance, an absolutely disordered architecture looks harmonious, albeit a kind of ensemble.
This part of the city always causes a lot of emotions among tourists. In the 10th century there was a place of execution, which is sure to be described in colors by any guide. Actually, therefore, the area is also called the “place of severed heads”. And only in the 12th century the frontal place began to take on its city-forming architectural appearance. As in all eastern cities, in the central square there was also the main bazaar, trade on which did not stop even after nightfall. Even now, the spirit of an eternal oriental bazaar reigns on it, colorful and elusive as light fabrics of merchants, juicy and spicy as local spices and fragrant sweets.
This is the busiest place in Marrakech. During the day, the square does not differ from other bazaars of the East. There are always open shops of merchants with spices and spices, from huge vans they sell fresh vegetables and fruits, here you make fresh juices for ridiculous money. Water-carriers and tea sellers in colorful dresses scurry between shops and are willingly photographed with tourists. But real life begins in the evening, when the midday heat gives way to evening coolness. Then most merchants give way to various views. An open-air theater begins to work, numerous cafes and pastry shops open their doors, snake charmers dance with their pets, artists paint complex patterns with henna. Gnaua dancers, who are descendants of black slaves from Guinea, make incredible acrobatic sketches and build living pyramids from their bodies. Belly dancing (both male and female), scorpion fights, spear-swallowing performances and fire shows - it all starts with nightfall.
All tourists traveling to Djemaa el Fna Square are recommended to exchange large bills for the smallest banknotes. At the bazaar, everything is very cheap, but mostly a trifle is intended for artists. It’s customary to leave a small amount of money for viewing, which you will definitely be reminded of by a kind of “impresario” on duty not far from the dancing eastern beauty or the troupe of acrobats.

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Majorelle Garden
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Art Gallery Matisse
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Dar Si Said Museum
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Koutoubia Mosque
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