Marrakech Ramparts, Marrakech

Marrakech Ramparts, Marrakech

The Marrakech medina walls, or ramparts, are massive: about 19 km in length, 9 m high by 2 m thick. Built in the 12th century as fortification to defend the city from the foes living in the High Atlas mountains, they look as if made of stone, whereas in reality they are made of a pinkish mixture of earth, stone and lime on a wooden structure. This might not seem very solid for a defensive structure, but the huge blocks of stone were difficult to come by in those days and, in any case, the walls were frequently repaired. Even today, one can notice the numerous square holes left from scaffolding during restoration works, which doesn't seem to make the experience any less appealing.

During the Almohad dynasty, each of the 19 gates of the Medina had massive doors of cedar studded with iron, which were shut at night. As the city outgrew its walls, they were extended to the north and south in the 16th century. You can walk or cycle along the exterior of the ramparts, but regrettably, you cannot access the top.

The best time to see the walls is at sunset when they seem to glow in the reddish light. The walls and the gates are open at all times and lit at night.

Why You Should Visit:
Some of the best-preserved and most photogenic walls to be found in the whole Arab world.

Tip:
Automobile traffic through the gates can be hectic, so take care when crossing the street or taking pictures.
One of the best ways to view the walls is by riding a horse-drawn carriage, available from Jemaa el-Fnaa square (the tour takes about an hour). Negotiate a sensible price ($15-$25) before you get in the carriage to avoid arguments. Leave a tip and you'll be surprised at the response.

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Marrakech Ramparts on Map

Sight Name: Marrakech Ramparts
Sight Location: Marrakech, Morocco (See walking tours in Marrakech)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Marrakech, Morocco

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

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Marrakech Introduction Walking Tour

Marrakech Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Gueliz Walking Tour

Gueliz Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Medina Walking Tour

Medina Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Moroccan Palaces Walking Tour

Moroccan Palaces Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Moroccan Architecture Walking Tour

Moroccan Architecture Walking Tour

No tall skyscrapers, no sophisticated giant malls, no nothing to remind of Western architecture, as this self-guided tour is all about the genuine Moroccan style. Featuring the most prominent architectural sights, it takes you to places that will amaze with their majestic structures, traditional motifs, and mystic atmosphere. In the realm of Instagram, Marrakech is one of the best, and every...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Marrakech Shopping Tour

Marrakech Shopping Tour

Probably no shopping in your life will compare to this extraordinary experience: vivid, bright, juicy colors of carpets, clothes and shoes; enchanting smells of local perfumes and spices; crafts, handmade jewelry, pottery; and of course, the long shopping mazes and souks. All this is included in this self guided tour, so don't hesitate! This tour belongs on your "must do" list!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles