Marrakech is located about 327 km west of the Moroccan capital Rabat, 580 km southwest of Tangier, and 196 km southwest of Casablanca. Founded in the 11th century AD, Marrakech has a long rich history and impressive monuments that are visited by many tourists while in Morocco. The Almoravid dynasty founded Marrakech in AD 1070 as the capital of their kingdom, and they made it an important commercial and cultural center.
Many Moroccan tour packages that include a visit to Marrakech usually focus on two or three monuments, including the Koutobeya Mosque, the Tomb of Saadis, and the famous Gamea 'El Fna Square. Although these places are quite remarkable, there are many other attractions in Marrakech that are worth exploring.
Medersa Ben Yusuf
Built by the Marinid dynasty in the mid-14th century, it was in fact restored by the Saadi dynasty in 1565; The Ben Yusuf School of Islamic Education is one of the largest and most impressive schools in Morocco. The school or medersa is distinguished by the wonderful decorations of the azulejos. it is considered one of the finest examples of such constructions in Morocco.
The Marrakech Museum occupies an important site near Medersa Ibn Yusuf and Place Game' El Fna. The construction of the museum is quite remarkable. It was originally a palace built in the late 19th century before being converted into a city museum in 1997.
The Marrakech Museum displays a large collection of exhibitions including portraits of contemporary art. antiques, coins, history books, traditional Moroccan pottery, and many other interesting collections. Many tourists to Morocco sometimes want to visit different museums in the country.
Credited with its founding mission of the city of Marrakech, Almoravid built many notable Islamic structures in the city. The oldest historical monument in the city today is actually the Almoravid Dome. Built-in the early 12th century AD by King Yusuf, the structure was actually established as a baptismal area for worshipers who came to pray in the Yusuf Mosque.
The dome rests on the ceiling of a large Sahn, a spacious courtyard with 19 separate places for cleaning. The dome is 12 meters high with a rectangular dome 12 meters long and 7 meters wide. The Dome is one of the most impressive Almoravid monuments to be discovered while on vacation in Morocco.
T he Jardins Majorelle
Jardin Majorelle is in fact one of the most entertaining places for tourists of all ages when visiting Morocco. Created in 1924 by Jack Majorelle, famous French artists painted the garden buildings in a distinctive blue color in 1937 in a bold move that surprised locals.