The Medina of Marrakech, Marrakech

The Medina of Marrakech, Marrakech

The Medina of Marrakech is the oldest part of the city, surrounded by ramparts. You enter this quarter through one of the many gateways and it is full of ancient splendors that you will have a wonderful time visiting.

Before the Almoravid Dynasty, the capital of what is now Morocco was based at Aghmat, which today is an archaeological site 30 km from Marrakech. When the Almoravides captured the city in 1062 and installed their reign, their leader Abou Bakir ibn Umar wanted a new capital.

Two rival cities vied for the honor (and the expected wealth) of becoming the new capital, but to avoid further rivalry, ibn Umar chose to build his city on the plains near the River Tensift, where nomads often set up their temporary encampment.

By 1070 the new capital was beginning to take shape, with palm trees and orange groves planted and houses set up around narrow streets, but the new threat of rival tribes, notably that of the Almohades, made their sultan have a wall put up around the city.

The Medina was finally captured by the Almohades in 1147 and many of the beautiful buildings were destroyed and then rebuilt for the new dynasty. The Medina stayed the capital of Morocco until 1269 when the Almohad Dynasty fell. It was again the capital between the 16th and 17th centuries and once more in 1792.

The city naturally expanded outside the walls of the Medina, where you can still see the ruins of many ancient palaces, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Ben Youssef Madrasa and the famous Saadian Tombs, among many other magnificent testaments to the greatness of the Moroccan Empire.

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The Medina of Marrakech on Map

Sight Name: The Medina of Marrakech
Sight Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Medina Walking Tour in Marrakech  

Walking Tours in Marrakech, Morocco

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Marrakech Museum Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Cultural Walking Tour in Marrakech

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Travel Distance: 5.0 km