Excursio – Marrakech

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Jemaa El Fna Place
The Jemaa El Fna square is located in the heart of the medina, near Koutoubia, it is the geographical center of Marrakech and the point
access to luxury restaurants, hotels, riads and palaces located in the alleys of the old medina. Jemâa el Fna is the beating heart of Marrakech! It is the main tourist attraction of the city. This courtyard allows to discover the charm that reigns on this famous place, among the passionate street artists who animate it, the stalls of dried fruits, the stalls of freshly squeezed orange juice and the improvised shows of the Merrakchis known by their great humor.

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The square merges the universe of the sublime with that of the wretch, to enjoy an improvised show that mixes all cultures and beliefs, hence its name “the world place”. In the morning it is ideal to sit on the terraces of one of the typical cafes of the square, to see the chain of snow-capped mountains a few kilometers away enjoying the gourmet Moroccan pancakes.

At dusk, a crowd of tourists and visitors return to the place Jemâa el Fna, the hour is the entertainment, magic shows, comedy, acrobatics … In the evening, the place takes another look, the stands of local snacks settle in order, to transform the space into a large outdoor restaurant where you can enjoy at a modest price all the local specialties!   


The Majorelle Gardens

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Created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962), the Majorelle gardens have since become one of the most visited places in Morocco!
Jacques Majorelle said: “The painter has the modesty to hold this enclosure of flowering greenery for his most beautiful work.” He talks about it as “… vast splendors whose harmony I orchestrate […]. This garden is a terrible task, to which I give myself entirely. He will take my last years and I will fall exhausted under his branches after giving him all my love. The painter created this work in his property acquired in 1923, the gardens are characterized by bold colors, lively and bursting with life, mainly a striking and intense blue tone that will become the “Majorelle blue”, enveloping all the walls and walls. domain objects (gates, pergolas, ceramic jars ..), a color that creates the contrast between the ocher environment surrounding the field and the green color of the foliage of this haven of peace.

Visitors quickly discover neat alleys and a soothing atmosphere in the middle of the vegetation. Exotic plants, artisanal waterways, ponds with water lilies and floating lotus … a world of peace and zenitude within this area located in the heart of Marrakech.

At the end of the aisles the time is to surprise! A pretty blue building in Moorish style, with yellow windows and nicely surrounded by multicolored plants, is waiting for you! The Majorelle Gardens have easy access (it is possible to park close to the area, a caretaker is available).

Entrance fees:
Garden : 50 Dhs
Museum : 25 Dhs

Special conditions

Reduced entry garden only for:
– Moroccan and foreign university students: 30 Dhs on presentation of the card.
Free entrance to the garden and museum for:
-Children under 9 years old accompanied.
-National schools (schools and high schools) and
international: Free on request written by fax or
email.
-Members of the International Council of Museums: free on
presentation of the membership card.

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Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia mosque or mosque of booksellers, was built in 1120 and remodeled from 1162 under the rule of Emir Almohad Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansour.This monument is part of the architectural masterpieces of Hispano-Moorish influences in Morocco, located in the souk of the manuscript merchants during the time of the Berber dynasty of the Almoravids, hence the origin of his appointment “Koutoubia” .The T-plan of the mosque is part of the old tradition architectural, of the Arab plan hypostyle that one found in Spain also. The organization of the space consisted of having a large enclosed courtyard and a prayer hall with columns, and a high minaret of square section according to the Muslim tradition.

 

The Koubba Almoravide (XIIth century)

The Koubba Almoravide was discovered around 1948 by archaeological excavations. Located in the Ben Youssef district, this masterpiece is the only and unique architectural heritage that bears witness to the amorvid era in Marrakech. This construction was intended for ablutions which depended on a mosque Almoravid, its interior is ideally preserved and decorated with pretty arches of different shapes, worked in perfection and inlaid with floral arabesque sculptures.

 

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  Sâadiens tombs

  One of the richest sites in history in Marrakech is “the Saadian tombs” .Located at Kasbah Street, just next to the mosque, the tombs are the only witness of the Saadian dynasty in the city. Visitors can easily guess the daily life and history of the descendant royal family of Mohamed Cheik (Sultan of Iran / 1554-1557). The architecture of the tombs is part of the Hispano-Moorish decorative art. The building consists of two tombs consisting of several rooms: room of twelve columns, room of Mihrab and rooms of three niches. The walls of the tombs testify to a dynasty that reached its peak with the arrival of Ahmed El Mansour, and which extended its empire to Timbuktu and Gao from the late sixteenth century. Visitors end their visit by discovering the graves of servants and soldiers outside the necropolis, in the middle of a beautiful green setting.

Location: Medina, Rue de la Kasbah, 40000 -Marrakesh Hours: Daily, from 9:00 to 16:45 Admission: 10 dh

 

Palais de la Bahia

Le palais de la Bahia ( appelé également le palais de la belle) se situe dans la médina de Marrakech, le long de la bordure nord du quartier gps_palais-de-la-bahia3-modifieMellah ( le quartier juif ) a été construit en 1867  par Si Moussa et Ba Ahmed ( Si Moussa est le diplômé vizir du sultan Sidi Mohammed ben abd el Rahman Ahmed ben Moussa, le grand vizir du sultan Moulay Abd al-Aziz  ).Le palais s’étend sur huit hectares, se compose de 150 pièces toutes construites sur le même niveau et disposent d’un ensemble de jardins clos et de pavillons. La bâtisse se divise en deux parties, dans la première partie connue sous le nom de Dar Si Moussa, les visiteurs découvrent une grande cour, un jardin central avec de belles fontaines et plusieurs plantations d’agrumes  et de variétés de plantes. Toutes les constructions de la Bahia disposent de décorations raffinées, de motifs espagnols, et représentent des réalisations architecturales distinguées, travaillées à base de matériaux nobles et selon le plan d’une architecture purement arabesque et andalouse.

Le palais de la Bahia permet aux visiteurs la découverte d’un univers intacte regorgeant d’histoire et riche en patrimoine, il a été bien entretenu au cours du dernier siècle par le gouvernement marocain et est actuellement utilisé pour recevoir des dignitaires étrangers, une partie du palais est occupée actuellement par le ministère marocain des Affaires culturelles.

Situation :  Rue Riad Zitoune El Jdid, Médina , 40000 -Marrakech / Entrée : 10 dh  Ouvert 7j/7, de 9h à 16h30                                                 Ramadan, de 9h à 15h30

 

Le palais El Badii ( XVIE)

Le souverain saâdien Ahmed El Mansour Ed-Dahbi surnommé  ( Le Doré ), est à l’origine de l’œuvre du palais El Badii, construite à l’occasion de la commémoration de sa victoire sur l’armée portugaise lors de la bataille des Trois Rois en 1578.Capture d’écran 2014-06-12 à 15.47.35

El Badii se situe dans le nord-est de la Kasbah de Marrakech, à côté du palais royal.

El Badii signifie «  l’incomparable » En effet,  les visiteurs se trouvent émerveillés devant cette œuvre grandiose, qui a nécessitée toute la période du règne du souverain pour être achevée( 1578 – 1603 ).Le palais était destiné aux fêtes et aux audiences solennelles organisées par le souverain, l’ensemble palatial se compose d’une grande cour, d’un immense bassin avec une fontaine monumentale et entouré de plantations séparé par des allées pavées de zellige. Plusieurs pavillons existaient au palais, les visiteurs peuvent toujours visiter le Pavillon des audiences et le Pavillon de cristal, et observer les hautes murailles, les colonnes de jasme et certaines traces de zelliges visibles toujours sur le sol. La porte principale qui portait le nom de Bab Al-Rokham, Porte du marbre, s’ouvrait dans l’angle sud-ouest de la face sud du palais. D’autres portes existaient évidemment, mais furent détruites au XVII ème siècle sur ordre du sultan alaouite Moulay Ismaïl (1672-1727) lors des affrontations entre la dynastie alaouite et saâdienne.

Aujourd’hui Il ne reste plus grand chose du décor du Badiâ, mais les restes témoignent d’une œuvre grandiose malheureusement effacée.

Situation :  
Quartier du Mellah, Derrière la place des Ferblantiers, Médina , 40000 -Marrakech
Entrée : 10 dh

Horaires : 
Ouvert 7j/7 de 8h45 à 12h45 & 14h30 à 18h30

Médersa Ben Youssef

Medersa ben Youssef is one of the most sumptuous old schools in Morocco. The school is located in the Ben Youssef district, the nucleus of the medina, and was built by the Saadian Sultan Abdellah Al Ghalib in 1564-1565. The school has 130 rooms, a large patio and a large prayer room, it brought together students from all over the country in search of knowledge and learning in different sciences.
Capture d’écran 2014-06-12 à 15.49.33 A preacher in Fez named Al Abdousi, said in the 14th century about the madrassah: “Can only inhabit the madrassah that one who reaches twenty years old and above, who devotes himself to the study of science or to his teaching to the extent of his competence, who attends the reading of the hizb morning and evening, and also during the course of the Quran teacher of this madrassah, in a diligent manner, except for reasons of legitimate hindrance, such as sickness or other excuse If this student has lived in the madrassah for ten years without his good abilities having been revealed, he will be expelled from authority because he is prejudicial to the habous.On the other hand, he who lives legitimately the madrassah does not can store there only to the extent of its provisions, according to the custom in matters of habous. “

The distinguished architecture of the Madrasa seduces all visitors, the Saadian art is strongly presented by the structure of its architecture, its materials, its patterns and decorations. The school surprises with its majestic interior and the meticulous techniques that are used.

Situation: Place Ben Youssef, Medina, 40000 -Marrakech / Opening hours: Open daily from 9h to 18h Admission: 10 dh