Word might have reached you about the souqs and mosques of Marrakech since they are famed all over the world as among the most exotic places to wander around in North Africa. The good thing is that souqs are laid out and divided according to the goods sold, which is very convenient. The Mosques are amongst the most beautiful in all of the Continent so choosing just 3 was tough, but we did it for you!
First, let’s check out some of the best souqs in Marrakech;
This famous souq if flanked by shop selling textiles and lots of stalls selling souvenirs. Rue souq Semmarine is located at the archway at the entrance of the souq area proper. The souq is also covered by a vast area of iron trellis.
Located on the rahba kedima in a small covered square and is popularly known as the carpet souq or the Berber auction. Actually this was a slave market back in 1912 and auctions were held every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Nowadays the only slavery that takes place is that of making carpets and you will find lots and lots of them here and Moroccan carpets are just a treasure.
This souq’s maze of alleys is found at the northern end of souq el kabir and its specialty is in leather work. You will find lots of beautiful leather sandals, bags, belt and purses here.
Next up, the most impressive mosques in Marrakech:
It is famed as the tallest building in the area, but it maybe because buildings taller than a palm tree are forbidden here! It has four copper globes and is built in traditional almohad style. Though it is still an active place for worshipping; only Muslims can enter but you can get a pretty good view from the outside but If you are courageous and friendly, you might be able to get in if you’re appropriately dressed.
It might not be as impressive as the koutobia minaret, but it is still a landmark to reckon with in Marrakech. It dates back to 1190 and motifs and step and shoulder on alternate sides all on green tiled backgrounds.
Ali Ben Youssef Mosque
This beautiful mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech and also the oldest dating back to the 12th century though it has been demolished and rebuilt several times. It was last rebuilt in merenid style in the 18th century due to popular demand. Like the other 2, it is not open to non-Muslims.
Now Marrakech seems more exciting then you thought it is right? North Africa is waiting to be explored so let’s get our hijabs and ghutras on guys, Marrakech is up on the list.