Marrakech | Jemaa El Fna is the great center

Posted by on September 9, 2013

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Perhaps the most famous enclave of all Morocco and without a doubt the heart of Marrakech is the Jemaa El Fna. You will be surprised by its enormous dimensions despite being located in the center of the Medina, a true network of alleys and passageways. When you visit Marrakech and you move through the historic Medina all routes will converge to the Jemaa El Fna square with an elongated shape extending from the great spiritual center of the city, the great tower, or minaret of the mosque Koutoubia.

Marrakech old structures

Marrakech old structures

Marrakech ruins

Marrakech ruins

The Jemaa El Fna name has a meaning of assembly or meeting which is that because in the past it was a great arenal where the outlining of the bodies and severed heads of those executed was done. During your stay in Marrakech you will visit this place during the day when you want to miss the incredible swarm of shops that is the Souk next to the square. At night the square in an incredible transformation scenario completely changes and is filled with bars where people throng for dinner. Therefore, when you’re in Marrakech and you’ve settled minimally to a special rhythm of life in this city you’ll be able to properly plan your various visits to the Jemaa El Fna square to enjoy their different environments.

Marrakech Temple

Marrakech Temple

Marrakech Gate

Marrakech Gate

During the morning the great movement of people in the square is further disturbed by the continued wandering cars, motorcycles and bicycles so you have to be very carefully when navigating this large square to avoid being hit by any vehicle.  The shops around the square show a great atmosphere. A must is to go to some of the viewpoints that have restaurants and cafes surrounding the square with panoramic views.

Jemaa El Fna

Jemaa El Fna

Marrakech Flavours

Marrakech Flavours

Marrakech photos: Maartie Cuuperus, parsonsparisn, emmanuel nguyen, G D, Toni Delgado Torres, Maurizio Peddis.

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