If you only have a day in Marrakech, Morocco…

Morocco is a country overflowing with culture and life, a place to spend time exploring a medina or souk and relaxing in a local cafe with a cup of mint tea watching the world go by. But Morocco also a number of interesting sites to visit. Marrakesh is a major city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier.  Here, we list down some popular attractions for you, look at all the amazing photos, which one is on your Morocco travel list?

Mosquee Koutoubia 

Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech, Morocco. It is located in the district of the south-west medina of Marrakech. The mosque is decorated with curved windows, a strip of ceramic, pointed merlons and decorative arches; it has a large square with gardens, and is lit at night. The minaret, 77 meters high, includes an arrow and orbs. It was completed under the reign of the Berber Almohad caliph Yaqub al-Mansour (1184-1199), and inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat.

Ben Youssef Madrasa

The Medersa was for more than four centuries a home for students in search of knowledge in various sciences, including theology. It had 132 rooms for non-Marrakesh students and could accommodate up to 900 students. Opposite the entrance door, on the other side of the rectangular basin, there is the prayer room made up of three naves delimited by marble pillars supporting arches with facades carved with ornamental motifs. The central nave overlooks a small semi-circular room whose opening is sumptuously decorated with floral and geometric motifs.

Museum of Marrakesh

The Museum of Marrakech is an art museum located in the old center of Marrakesh, Morocco.  The museum itself represents an example of classic Moorish architecture, with fountains in the central courtyard, traditional seating areas, a hammam and intricate tilework and carvings. The museum’s large atrium was originally a courtyard and is now covered in glass and fabric. It contains a huge, centrally draped chandelier-like ceiling piece consisting of metal plates decorated with fine geometric and epigraphic cuttings. Several features of the original courtyard, including the floor-set basins and mosaics have been retained. The museum holds exhibits of both modern and traditional Moroccan art together with fine examples of historical books, coins and pottery of Berber, Moroccan Jewish and Islamic cultures.

Jemaa el-Fnaa

Jamaâ El Fna is a destination for all magic, and tells its storytellers, dancers, water sellers and snake charmers, the history of Morocco from yesterday and today while subduing its visitors by Its charm which begins in the morning and finds its height only in the evening. The medieval Moroccan chronicles written between the 11th and the 14th centuries refer to a Rahba al-Ksar, an esplanade of the palace situated in the middle of the olive, religious monument, the minaret of the Koutoubia close to the square. In the area of the Koutoubia. Public punishments had been imposed publicly since the 12th century.

The palace in question and certainly the Ksar al-Hajar built at the end of the 11th century by the Almoravids and whose ruins remain at the foot of the Koutoubia

Majorelle Garden

The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.

Bahia Palace

The palace of Bahia (palace of the beautiful, the brilliant) is a nineteenth-century palace of eight hectares located in Marrakech. It is one of the masterpieces of Moroccan architecture, one of the major monuments of the country’s cultural heritage and one of the main places of tourism in Morocco.

El Badi Palace

Photo credit: PRODidier Baertschiger

The El Badi Palace is an architectural ensemble built at the end of the sixteenth century and located in Marrakech in Morocco. Former palace, it was built by the Saadian sultan Ahmed al-Mansur Dhahbi to celebrate the victory over the Portuguese army, in 1578, in the battle of the Three Kings. Today, there remains only a huge esplanade carved gardens, planted with orange trees and surrounded by high walls. Indeed, in 1696, the Alawite sultan Moulay Ismaïl took what was richest in this palace to build the imperial city of Meknes.

Saadian Tombs

Photo credit: www.tombeaux-saadiens.com

The Saadian tombs are sepulchers in Marrakech, Morocco, which date to time of the Saadian dynasty sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. They are located on the south side of the Kasbah Mosque. The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were renovated by the Beaux-arts service. The tombs have, because of the beauty of their decoration, been a major attraction for visitors of Marrakech.

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