First day in Marrakech, we were taken around the city, which isn’t big. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Rabat and Fes. Marrakech was once the capital of Morocco. Like other Moroccan cities, it comprises an old fortified city with 19 gates for entrance and exit and now bordered by modern neighborhood. The charm of the old city is being preserved within the walls of the kasbah (fortress).
So, is it Marrakech or is it Marrakesh. While street signs are spelt Marrakesh which is in French spelling, Marrakesh is the English equivalent. Both are correct and used.
Horse drawn carriage in front of one of the 19 gates of Marrakech, Bab Agnaou. It’s the entrance to the royal kasbah in the southern part of the medina of Marrakech.
Bab Agnaou name plate.
Street name plate.
A smaller outer gate besides Bab Agnaou.
The inner city within the kasbah.
Another part of the inner city.
Storks on roof top.
Shoplots in the old part of Marrakech.
Vendors of local products along the streets of Marrakech.
The Bahia Palace, within the walls of the kasbah, was built-in the late 19th century. Meaning “brilliance”, it was intended to be the greatest palace of its time. It was designed to infuse the Islamic and Moroccan architectural styles. Attention to the privacy of the palace was employed during the architectural construction which features multiple doors preventing passers-by from seeing the interior of the palace. The construction took seven years to complete and the palace is set in a two-acre garden with rooms opening onto courtyards.
Walking towards the entrance of Bahia Palace.
No doubt, we are at the right Palace.
Interior of Bahia Palace.
The intricate design of the ceiling.
Another view of the beautiful ceiling.
Entrance to one of the rooms in the Palace.
The entrance from across another room in the Palace with a small fountain in the courtyard.
Carved wooden doors and typical Moroccan designed mosaic.
Entrance to another room with a door leading to the garden courtyard the other side.
A rather ‘modern’ looking door.
Wooden carving as seen from the garden courtyard.
Garden courtyard with orange trees and other vegetation.
The Saadian Tombs built-in the 16th century as a mausoleum to bury numerous Saadian rulers. It was ‘lost’ for many years until rediscovered in 1917. The mausoleum comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty. Among the graves are those of Saadian sultan Ahmad al-Mansur and his family.
It is located at the opposite end of the Moulay El Yazid mosque’s minaret, in a cemetery that supposedly also contains several graves of Prophet Mohammad’s descendants. Outside the building there is a garden and the graves of soldiers and servants.
Moulay El Yazid mosque adjacent to the Saadian tombs. Entrance to the tombs at the opposite end of this minaret.
Another view of the minaret.
Entrance to the Saadian tombs. A narrow passage way will lead you to the Saadian tombs.
The tombs within the roofed mausoleum.
Typical Moroccan mosaic tiles decorate the floor and walls of the mausoleum.
This would probably be tombs of infants and childrens.