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Medina of Marrakesh Tours

Marrakesh, once the most powerful commercial and political center in the Arab world, was founded in 1062 by Berber chieftain Abu Bakr ibn Umar as the capital of the orthodox-Muslim Almoravid Empire. Full of ornate monuments built mostly between the 12th and 16th centuries, a visit to its medina, or old town, is like a walk through a heavily fortified open-air museum. It was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1985.

Surrounded by ancient walls and enormous gates, the medina contains a  huge central courtyard called the Jemaa el-Fnaa, a center of trade and public gatherings since Morocco’s inception. The medina is also home to a series of stunning gardens, including the Majorelle Garden, set beside the Museum of Islamic Art and featuring plants collected from five continents.
The lavish Royal Palace and Badi Palace stand adjacent to one another, but neither are open to the public; to get a look inside royal life in the medina, albeit a late 19th-century interpretation, visit the nearby Bahia Palace and its two-acre courtyard garden.

The heavily ornamented Koutoubia Mosque, set in the medina’s southwest corner, has a distinctive 253-foot-high minaret surrounded by a garden plaza. The nearby Ben Youssef Mosque was originally the oldest in the city, but fell into ruin and was rebuilt in the 19th century; its green-tiled roof can be seen from all over the medina. The Mousassine Mosque, built in the 14th century, is a sprawling complex of buildings highlighted by the enormous triple-arched Mousassine Fountain, inscribed with elaborate scrollwork and calligraphy.

The 16th-century Saadian Tombs, in which many of the most prominent members of Morocco’s 15th and 16th-century sultanate Saadi tribe are interred, feature ornate arches with carved scrollwork. A popular pilgrimage site, the Seven Saints Tombs contain the bodies of the seven patron saints of Morocco.

Near the Kasbah (where Morocco’s leaders were kept safe in the city’s early days), the mellah, or ancient Jewish quarter is the most condensed section of the city. Now a Muslim neighborhood, remnants of the past include the Alzama Synagogue and the largest Jewish cemetery in Morocco.

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Moroccan Cooking Class in the Medina of Marrakech, Marrakech, null
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Moroccan Cooking Class in the Medina of Marrakech

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 6 Reviews

Learn to cook some home-style Moroccan favorites during a 4.5-hour cooking class that takes place on a rooftop terrace in the Medina of Marrakech. With your ...  Read more

Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.05
Medina of Marrakesh guided tour, Marrakech, Cooking Classes
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Medina of Marrakesh guided tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This Private guided city tour of the old town is a great way to discover the old Medina. It provides the complete insight into the history and ...  Read more

Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.00
Ourika day tour from Marrakech, Marrakech, Cultural Tours
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Ourika day tour from Marrakech

Ourika Valley is located in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains and less than an hour drive from Marrakech. This picturesque valley offers the typical ...  Read more

Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $7.50
MEDINA OF MARRAKESH SHOPPING TOUR, Marrakech, Day Trips
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MEDINA OF MARRAKESH SHOPPING TOUR

Marrakesh shopping experience  doesn’t have to be a mystery, all you really need to master the medina is a local to show you how it’s done. Visit hidden ...  Read more

Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $12.00
Medina of Marrakesh walking tour, Marrakech, Shopping Tours
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Medina of Marrakesh walking tour

Do not miss the opportunity to stroll through the most fascinating corner of the medina of Marrakesh ( Old towen) through the streets of Marrakesh. Get ...  Read more

Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $6.00
Marrakesh medina( OLD CITY) day tour from Casablanca, Casablanca, Ports of Call Tours
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Marrakesh medina( OLD CITY) day tour from Casablanca

Маrrаkесh іs fіllеd wіth "must sее" аttrасtіоns. Јust strоllіng аrоund thе оld-wаllеd сіtу (mеdіnа) іs еnоugh tо fіll уоur sеnsеs wіth smеlls, sіghts ...  Read more

Location: Casablanca, Morocco
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $36.00

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