Uncovering the culture of Marrakech

The culture heritage of Marrakech can be soaked up in many places throughout the city’s famous medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The heritage is diverse, not just in terms of Arab, Berber and Muslim influence but historically, best exemplified by monuments associated with centuries of ruling dynasties in the form of tombs, traditional architecture, palaces and kasbahs.

It is in and around the Marrakech medina that most of its historic treasures are to be found, often hidden in the maze of its twisting alleys and narrow streets.

 Founded in 1070, Marrakech was for centuries a major political, economic and cultural centre of the western Muslim world, its influence extended, notably, to Andalusia.

Monuments dating back to this period include the Koutoubia Mosque, with its peerless 77m minaret, one of the most important features of the urban landscape and the symbol of the City, along with the Kasbah, city ramparts, monumental gates and exotic gardens.

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