MARRAKESH in Morocco, TOP 10 places to visit. Presentation.

MARRAKESH in Morocco, TOP 10 places to visit. Presentation.

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Morocco's most visited city attracting tourists  from all over the world. A city whose the old town   - the medina - is a UNESCO monument. An African  city very close to Europe offering an authentic   experience of Morocco and a wide range of  attractions. Today I shall take you to Marrakesh. Hi. My name is Sebastian. I make videos in  three languages French, Polish and English,  

sharing practical travel tips. In  this video I will introduce you to 10,   indeed 11, places I recommend you visit in  Marrakesh. Included in this presentation,   as usual, are some useful information that will  help you make even better use of your time.

There's a lot to see in Marrakech but  I think the list I have prepared is   optimal and very representative of the  diversity the city has to offer. This is   not a ranking. The order of the presented  places is random. I hope you enjoy :-) The Koutoubia minaret is a 77 meter high tower  made of hewn stone. It has stood in the heart of  

Marrakech for more than 800 years having been  built in the 12th century. It's age, color,   perfect proportions and balanced decorations  make it one of the most recognizable minarets   in the world. The name KOUTOUBIA refers  to the booksellers who used to have the   manuscript stands in the vicinity of the mosque.  At the site you will find information boards in   three languages English, French and Arabic.  The information of them introduces you to  

the history and architecture of the building.  The Koutoubia minaret is to Marrakesh what the   Eiffel Tower is to Paris - an absolute symbol of  the city. No newly constructed building can be   taller than it. By virtue of its height  Koutoubia is also a landmark of sorts.   Just 300 meters away is the famous Jemmael Fna  square. The Koutoubia minaret looks different   from each side so it is worth looking at it  from different angles. It can be an interesting  

experience to contemplate the monument at  the time of one of the calls to prayer. The Majorelle Garden was founded nearly  a century ago by French painter Jacques   Majorelle in 1980 Yves Saint Laurent his partner  Pierre Berger became the new owners of the place,   developed it and enriched it with new plant  species.Today the Majorelle Garden covers   an area of nearly one hectare and is a very  popular attraction in Marrakesh. Within this  

relatively small garden one will be delighted  by magnificent cacti, bamboos, water lilies   and palm trees - in total about 300 species of  plants from different parts of the world. With   the greenery of the plants there is a striking  rhyme of the abundant deep blue color promoted   by the creator of the garden and called till  nowadays: "Majorelle blue". Within the garden,   in the artist's former studio is the Berber  Art Museum. On an area of 200 square meters,   600 exhibits are presented. This excellent museum  is small but absolutely worth visiting. It's a  

great pity that neither photography nor filming  is allowed inside. You should ask for a ticket to   the Berber Art Museum at the ticket office when  buying a ticket to the garden. Once you enter   the garden you will no longer be able to purchase  a ticket to the museum. In my opinion you should   plan to spend at least 45 minutes at the Majorelle  Garden and concerning the Berber Museum I think 30   minutes is enough. The best time to visit the  garden is in the morning, the first hour right  

after opening. This way you will avoid crowds in  the garden and long queues for the ticket office. A medersa in the simplest terms is a traditional  religious school or college for the study of the   religion of Islam and law but also other areas  of study. The medersa Ben Youssef in Marrakesh   was founded in the 16th century. It was a thriving  center of education giving knowledge and the roof   over the heads of nearly 800 students at once.  Young people came here from all corners of Morocco   to expand their knowledge. It functioned as a  school until as late as 1960. Today it is a great   monument of Moroccan architecture and culture.  The medersa consists of an inner courtyard with  

a basin and adjoining rooms located on the first  and second floors. Adjacent to the east side of   the courtyard is a splendidly decorated prayer  hall and an ornate mihrab with a niche that   indicates the direction to Mecca, the holiest city  of Muslims. The medersa Ben Youssef impresses with   its rich ornamentation which includes mosaics,  stucco, calligraphy, marble and wood. There is   one entrance to the complex from a small street  at the entrance. There is a basic information  

in four languages. While in the medersa it  is worth going upstairs to visit the rooms   that once served as rooms for students. You can  also take interesting pictures from those rooms. Jemma el Fna square   is located about 300 meters from the Koutoubia  minaret. In the past it was a shopping plaza,  

a place for public executions, social  gatherings and one big open air spectacle.   Today it impresses with its unique atmosphere  filled with human energy. You can see many   street performers, monkey trainers,  snake charmers, acrobats musicians,   storytellers with interested listeners  and casual onlookers gathered around them. In 2008 it was added to unesco's list  of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. It is also a place where you can dine in a  very authentic and exotic setting of simple   open air eateries. They offer a wide selection of  attractive dishes including couscous, pastilla,   tagine, cow's udders, brains, mutton heads,  snails and so on. During the day the square  

is relatively quiet. In the evening the atmosphere  picks up pace and color. In my opinion it's good   to be here in the late afternoon and stay at least  until sunset. As dusk arrives you can participate   in the remarkable metamorphosis of the square.  At that time part of the square is occupied by   dozens of eateries and a colorful crowd begins to  fill the square. Jemma el Fna Square is bustling   every day until late in the evening, often  until midnight or even longer. The ideal place   to observe the square is the terrace of Cafe  Glacier with the entire square at your feet.

The Museum of Photography or rather the House  of Photography is a private museum located in   the center of the medina. It was established in  2009 and is situated in a building that formally   served us as merchants in. The rooms are located  around an inner courtyard forming an exhibition   space. The museum's collection includes more  than 10 000 photographs from 1870 to 1950.  

Their authors include well-known photographers  such as George Washington Wilson from Scotland   and French photographer Marcelin Flandrin as  well as travelers enamored with Morocco. The   photos depict landscapes, portraits, architecture,  Moroccan cities and local traditions. A visit to   the Museum of Photography is a fascinating  trip back in time. Looking at photos from   decades even 100 years ago we discovered the  cultural and historical richness of Morocco.   A visit to this place is well worth it during a  trip to Morocco. There is a small restaurant at  

the terrace of the museum with an attractive view  of the countryside. The museum is open every day. The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakesh opened  in 2017 and the museum's architecture won in the   2018 Design Awards for the Best Newly Built Public  Building from British design magazine Wallpaper.   The museum's permanent exhibition is dedicated  to 40 years of creative work by the fashion house   Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibition consists  of sketches, photographs, fashion accessories   and outfits from Yves Saint Laurent private  collections. The exhibition is a journey through   the artist's sources of inspiration. At the center  of the exhibition are about 50 fashion creations   that celebrate themes such as gardens, travel  and Africa, all perfectly displayed. The museum  

building also houses a temporary exhibition hall,  a photo gallery, an auditorium, and bookstore,   and a cafe-restaurant. It is worth visiting  the auditorium where an interesting film of   several minutes is presented telling the story  of the designer's early career and successes.   A tour of the museum takes about 45 minutes on  average. The Yves Saint Laurent museum is located   on ...Yves Saint Laurent street and is only 100  meters from the entrance to the Majorelle Garden   and Berber Art Museum. So if you are planning  a visit to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum it  

is worth combining it with a visit to these  two other places of interest, especially as   a combined ticket to all three costs less than  buying a ticket to see each of them separately.   Ask for details at the ticket office. The medina, otherwise known as the old town,  consists of commercial and residential districts   with mosques, baths, squares. all surrounded  by equally ancient walls. Marrakesh's medina   is unique and its area is more than 600 hectares  and the walls are 19 kilometers long. Within the   medina are the Koutoubia minaret, Jemma el  Fna square, the medresa Ben Youssef and the   Photography Museum presented in this video. The  old part of the city is very well preserved.   It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in  1985. Walking through the medina of Marrakesh you  

can feel the atmosphere of a traditional Moroccan  city. A special place are the shopping districts   or -suks- where you will find an array of goods.  Many of which are locally made handcrafts.   The local goods that are sold as well as  the large and varied selection of things   to buy make Marrakesh one of the best places for  shopping in Morocco. Walking between the stalls we   discover something different and new every time.  Craftsmanship in Marrakesh, fortunately for us,  

is evolving and the range of stores is  often tailored to the tastes of visitors. Walkin   around the medina, it is sometimes  worth stopping for a coffee,   a glass of juice or a meal in one of the  many stylish cafes or restaurants. Most of   them have terraces from which you can enjoy  a panoramic view of the medina from above. ANIMA Garden was opened in 2016. It is located  30 kilometers from the center of Marrakesh.  

You can get to the garden on your own either  by using the local taxi service or the free   transportation included in the ticket price.  Transportation to the garden, there and back,   runs twice a day. To go from the city it is  necessary to book a seat in advance through the   garden's website. The creator of the garden is the  multi-talented Vienna born artist André Heller. The Anima Garden is a magical place that  invites contemplation and is both sensual   and inspiring. It is a place for all those who  want to experience something unforgettable.

Admits the garden's greenery,  sculptures by internationally   renowned artists are displayed  including works by Pablo Picasso. The garden covers an area of nearly three  hectares. There is a cafe in the garden   which serves lunch as well as coffee and  juices. All at very reasonable prices.  

The cafe terrace which offers a view of the  High Atlas mountains is also worth a visit. BAHIA Palace was built in the 19th century and  covers an area of eight hectares. In the past   it was the residence of the viziers, the French  marshall Lyautey during the French protectorate   and then king Muhammad V. Today it is one  of the most visited monuments in Morocco.   The name of this magnificent residence -  Bahia - is set to refer to the nickname of   the vizier's beloved wife and means - dazzling.  The palace is an example of traditional Moroccan   architecture where rooms are clustered around  open courtyards. Some of the courtyards act as  

a kind of indoor garden providing a sanctuary  of fresh air and shade. Bahia Palace impresses   with its richness of decoration. Here you  will see plaster stucco covering the walls,   marbles, mosaics and Arabic writing  displaying religious content. The  

exceptionally grand ceilings meanwhile, are  made of cedar wood. A visit to Bahia Palace   allows you to witness the architecture  of traditional Moroccan palaces, marvel   at the ornamentation and enjoy the charm of the  interior gardens. The palace is open every day. The Menara garden was established as early as  the 12th century during the Almohad dynasty when   Marrakesh was the country's capital. The Menera  garden covers an area of nearly 100 hectares. Most   of the garden is made up of olive groves while  the trees are planted in rows. The central part  

of the garden is occupied by a vast reservoir.  The reservoir is located slightly above the level   of the crops which makes it easier to irrigate  them. On the south bank of the reservoir there   is a pavilion dating back to the 19th century,  which is open to the public for a small entrance   fee. Inside the pavilion there are traditional  decorations and beautiful cedar wood ceilings. The first floor terrace overlooks  the reservoir and the garden. The Menera Garden along with the Medina  of Marrakesh has been a UNESCO heritage   site since 1985. Within the grounds of the  garden a local artist can write your name  

in Arabic calligraphy. A nice souvenir of  Morocco. The Menera garden is located away   from the hustle and bustle of the city and  is an ideal place for a stroll. The Menera   garden is open every day and, except  for the pavilion, admission is free.

This place was not in my original itinerary  for Marrakesh but I discovered it by chance   while walking around the city. I ended  up there by accident on the first day it   opened and was enchanted by what I saw, so  decided to share it with you. The Museum of   ornaments and costumes is a new place on the  map of Marrakesh. There you can see some 3000  

exhibits that are part of the rich private  collection of Marlène and Paolo Gallone. Among   the items on display are jewelry, ornaments  and costumes. Tthey come from more than 50   countries from Morocco through Namibia,  Jordan to Japan. They highlight the value,   diversity and the uniqueness of more than 100  different cultures. All perfectly displayed.   The place is fantastic and well worth a visit.  The items on display are extremely impressive.

This quaint museum has a terrace with an  excellent view of the rooftops of the medina,   and a cafe with a restaurant. Note please  that the museum is closed on Monday.  This was a presentation of 11 places in  Marrakesh that I think are absolutely   worth seeing. I hope you enjoyed  and find it helpful. If you know   any of these places please share your  opinion with others and leave a comment. If you want to discover some more interesting  places in Morocco, in Poland, or wherever all you   have to do is subscribe to this channel and enable  notifications. That way you will always be up to   date with my videos and top travel tips. Thank  you for watching this video and see you soon :-)

2023-01-20 14:20

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