Marrakech is known to be a city with rich Islamic history and it can be seen from the city architecture. If you set your foot in Marrakech, you can see buildings and houses with its distinctive Islamic architecture. The layout of the city itself is really unique and different with any other big cities in the world. In here, you can feel like travelling back in time. The ambiance, the people and the city layout create the world that is different from any modern city you have ever seen.
Medina of Marrakech is one example of sacred and unique site in this city. Back in the 11th century, Medina is known to be Islamic capital city and many important Islamic events happened in this city. There are many important historical structures built in Medina such as the ramparts and gates which made from pinkish clay, The Koutoubia Mosque, The Saadian Tombs, Ben Youssef Madrassa and the huge Djemaa El-Fna Squares. Almost all of the tourists who come to Medina will visit Djemaa El-Fna. This huge town square is Medina center of activity day and night. Within the day you can see orange juice’s stall, water seller and snake charmers. As the sun hide and the moon shows up, the entertainment changes into a more unique one. You can see dancing boys, story teller, traditional medicine seller and more food stalls as more people coming to this square.
If you are a photographic addict and spend your holiday in Marrakech, you would want to visit Maison de la Photographie. This museum is located on 46, Rue souk Ahal Fes and opens everyday from 09.30 AM to 07.00 PM. This museum is first opened on 2009 and holds vast collections of photographs from period 1862 to 1950 and the theme of the photograph is about the daily life of Morocco. This museum holds more than 5.000 photos collections and 2,000 glass plates. The architecture of the museum is simple yet very charming, it makes you feel like you are walking in someone’s house and seeing their activity picture on a wall. This museum also has a terrace on top of the floor where you can eat while enjoying the view of Marrakech. If you are interested in some of the photograph inside, this museum also provide you with the reproduction of the photo.
Jardin Majorelle or Majorelle Garden is a botanical garden that located in Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech. This garden is designed by Jacques Majorelle, a French artist during the period when Morocco was a protectorate of France. Perhaps because the designer of this garden is a painter, so the garden itself is colored and designed just like coming out from a picture. Most of the structure inside this garden is painted in blue, and the composition is very beautiful until some people say that this garden is the masterpiece of Jacques Majorelle. This garden also has a museum inside called the Islamic Art Museum where you can see textiles from Saint Lauren’s personal collection and also other things such as ceramics and jewelry, some of Majorelle paintings also become the exhibit in this museum.