Magical Marrakesh Photography

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Marrakesh or Marrakech, is a historic city going back centuries as a trading centre for camel trains of the Sahara, the Berbers of the nearby Atlas mountains and the traders of the Middle East. Today, the old medina, or souk, remains a bustling place of trade for tourists and locals alike while many of the traditional riad houses have been turned into B&B-like accommodation for tourists. The red city can overload the senses so beware!

     
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1. Bahia Palace ceiling detail. Built in the late 1800s, the Bahia Palace in Marrakesh is a vast complex with many examples of traditional Moroccan craftmanship. This photo shows the finely detailed, hand painting of the ceiling cedar beams in one room.

2. A woman selling knitted caps. In the Marrakesh medina, a djelleba-clad women sits selling knitted woolen caps.

3. Jardin Majorelle window. These gardens are an oasis of calm and quiet in the madness of Marrakesh. The colours are bold and there is a mass of plants in this garden restored courtesy of Yves St Laurent On his death a memorial to him was erected in these gardens.

4. Hotel Assia in Marrakesh. Hotel Assia is a riad-style hotel close to the Djemaa el'Fna in the Marrakesh medina.

5. Moroccan teapot and glasses. Drinking mint tea is a traditional part of Moroccan life with the tea brewed in a silver-coloured pot and served in small glasses.

6. Zellij with brass tap. Zellij or a mosaic of small tile pieces surrounding a brass tap at the Ensemble Artisanal in Marrakesh.

7. Moroccan black soap. Called Beldi in Morocco, black soap is made from olive oil and is traditionally used in hammams.

8. Marrakesh alley through arch. All the buildings in Marrakesh are a red earth colour as shown in this alley.

9. Marrakesh water carrier. These water carriers clad in red with large hats and a goat skin over their shoulder are a feature of the main square in Marrakesh. For a small fee you can get a drink of water in one of their metal cups or alternatively take a photograph.

10. Main square in Marrakesh. One of the big attractions of Marrakesh, Morocco is the Djemaa el-Fna or main square where more than fifty food carts roll out each evening to set up food stalls like this one.

11. Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakesh. The Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakesh was once a Koranic school. Now restored, it displays stunning examples of stucco, or carved plasterwork.

12. Marrakesh Museum. The Marrakesh Museum has a series of changing exhibits including art displays in a restored 19th century palace with a central courtyard overhung by a huge mosque lamp.

13. Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh. These gardens are an oasis of calm and quiet in the madness of Marrakesh. The colours are bold and there is a mass of plants in this garden restored courtesy of Yves St Laurent On his death a memorial to him was erected in these gardens.

14. Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh. These gardens are an oasis of calm and quiet in the madness of Marrakesh. The colours are bold and there is a mass of plants in this garden restored courtesy of Yves St Laurent On his death a memorial to him was erected in these gardens.

15. Yves St Laurent memorial, Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh. These gardens are an oasis of calm and quiet in the madness of Marrakesh. The colours are bold and there is a mass of plants in this garden restored courtesy of Yves St Laurent On his death a memorial to him was erected in these gardens.

16. Saadien Tombs, Marrakesh. In Morocco, the Saadien Tombs lay forgotten behind a mosque in Marrakesh for nearly 500 years and we only rediscovered in 1917.

17. Door at the Bahia Palace, Marrakesh. Built in the late 1800s, the Bahia Palace in Marrakesh is a vast complex with many examples of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship. This is a hand painted door.

18. Basket seller in Marrakesh. One of the big attractions of Marrakesh, Morocco is the Djemaa el-Fna or main square where this woman was trying to sell her baskets.

19. Marrakesh medina alley. Sunlight beams into a Marrakesh medina alley.

20. Marrakesh courtyard. This is the central courtyard of Dar Si Said, a museum in Marrakesh that displays Moroccan handicrafts in a restored, traditional building.

21. Historic Cinema Eden in Marrakesh. Built of compacted earth, decorated with pieces of broken tile and plates and old movie posters, visiting Cinema Eden in Marrakesh is like taking a step back in time. It is located close to the Djemma el'Fna.

22. Tunnels of the Badi Palace in Marrakesh. The once ornate and grand Badi Palace built over 25 years in the 1500s, is today just a shell. But even so the plan of it indicates how large it must have been. Moulay Ismail removed the decorative materials from it, including marble, gold and fountains, to decorate his palace in Meknes. These tunnels were once part of the underground prison of the palace.

23. Hand-carved wooden chess set. Hand-carved wooden chess set in the Marrakesh medina.

24. Mosque minaret. The minaret of Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakesh.

25. A wall adorned with ealligraphy and zellij. The Saadien Tombs in Marrakesh are very elaborately decorated including zellij or tiled mosaics.

26. Traditional Moroccan window and door. A traditional Moroccan window and door in the courtyard of Maison Tiskiwin museum in Marrakesh. This museum belongs to Bert Flint and displays his collection of Berber artefacts, both Moroccan and sub-Saharan. This includes jewelery, pottery, fabrics and camel saddles.

27. Bahia Palace ceiling detail. Built in the late 1800s, the Bahia Palace in Marrakesh is a vast complex with many examples of traditional Moroccan craftmanship. This photo shows the finely detailed, hand painting of the ceiling cedar beams in one room.

28. Vegetarian food. Earth Cafe is a vegetarian cafe in the Marrakesh medina. It uses organic products grown on the owner's farm with the menu featuring the products that are in season. Cafe Earth provides an alternative from the usually meat-laden menus in Morocco.

29. A stork fluttering its wings. This stork was fluttering its wings in the Saadien Tombs, a place it calls home. In Morocco, the Saadien Tombs lay forgotten behind a mosque in Marrakesh for nearly 500 years and we only rediscovered in 1917.

30. Moroccan earthen building and palm tree. In Morocco, the Saadien Tombs lay forgotten behind a mosque in Marrakesh for nearly 500 years and we only rediscovered in 1917. This is inside the walled in area.

31. Silver bracelets. Sunlight shines on bracelets for sale in the Marrakesh medina.

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