5 wonderful monuments to see in Marrakech

Marrakech is one of the most interesting places you can visit. It is one of the most important cities in Morocco and in it you will find places declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Join us and discover with us the most important monuments to see in Marrakechwe go?

1. Koutoubia Mosque, one of the treasures what to see in marrakesh

The Koutoubia Mosque is the most important mosque in Marrakech, and also one of the most important in the entire Islamic world. This is the reason that our first stop in this incredible city begins in it.

Koutoubia means “Booksellers’ Mosque” and is one of the most impressive and emblematic buildings in the city. Its history dates back to the year 1141, when its construction began by order of the Almohad caliph Abd al Mu-min. This construction was completed in 1158 and since then it has become one of the most important monuments in Morocco.

There are many aspects for which this impressive monument stands out. But without a doubt, the most striking are the color of its pink sandstone and the minaretwhose height reaches 69 meters and is inevitably reminiscent of the Giralda in Seville.

The negative aspect is that if you are not Muslim you will have to settle for seeing it only from the outside. Like the rest of the city’s mosques, entry is prohibited to those who do not belong to this religion.

2. Saadian Tombs

One of the most touristic places in Marrakech, and which fortunately you can access, is the Saadian Tombs. The same They have been open to the public since 1917.when they were discovered.

The Saadian Tombs are located in an enclosed garden. In it you can see more than a hundred tombs decorated with mosaics and dating from the end of the 16th century. In these tombs are buried mainly warriors and servants of the Saadian dynasty.

Nevertheless, the main mausoleum is the real attractionsince it consists of 3 sumptuous rooms in which Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur and members of his family are buried.

3. Ben Youssef Madrasa

The Ben Youssef Madrasa is the most important in the city. But what is a madrasa? It is a college of higher studies specializing in religious studies.

In this particular case, It is a building whose history dates back to 1565when its construction was completed. The Ben Youssef Madrasa has 130 cells, which allowed to house up to 900 students.

“A traveler without the ability to observe is like a bird without wings”

-Moslih Eddin Saadi-

4. Badi Palace

Badi-Zyankarlo Palace

Another essential place to see in Marrakech is this palace. A building built at the end of the 16th century by order of Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour. Currently, the palace is in ruins. However, it is not difficult to imagine the greatness of what it once was.

The Badi Palace is said to have had more than 300 rooms. All of them decorated with the most exquisite and expensive materials, such as gold and glass. Of the little that can be seen inside, we find the minbar or pulpit carved in cedar wood, with gold inlays and some writing.

5. Bahia Palace

The Bahia Palace, whose history dates back to the 19th century, is another of the outstanding architectural works of Marrakech. The idea of ​​this work was to build the most impressive palace of all time. This palace is built on a land of 8 hectares. It has 150 roomswhich overlook beautiful patios and gardens.

One of the most interesting aspects of the palace is the area for the harem of the wives and concubines of Abu Bou Ahmed. We recommend that you visit this palace with a guide, since most of it is empty and does not have explanatory signs.

These five monuments are a small sample of the beautiful buildings to see in Marrakech, an incredible city full of corners full of magic and history. Of course, you should also discover its souks and its always lively Jemaa el Fnaa square.

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