Jemaa el-Fna The Heart of Marrakesh; Farah S Kamal; Mag The Weekly

Morocco – Medina of Marrakesh

I entered through Bab Doukkala, an old city gate built in the 12th century to the Northern side of Medina. Walking through a maze of souks, I reached the square of Jemaa el-Fna, “la place” or “the square” as it is called in Marrakesh. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a city centre and by all means a comprehensive Moroccan cultural hub. The cacophony of sights and sound at this triangular shaped place attracts tourists from all around the world. It is a robust meeting place for Moroccans, busy merchants and engaged street performers. Together they all appear to be part of a beautifully choreographed live cultural performance right out of the Arabian Night tales.

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