Morocco, Marrakech Guide (B): Maneuvering Marrakesh

Maneuvering Marrakesh
Morocco Dreamtrip in Marrakesh

So today we began our vacation club’s Morocco Dreamtrip in Marrakesh. My friend Suman and I loaded the bus at 8:30am with our new-found friends, Jimmi and Margit from Sweden and Nina and Brien, Americans who live in South Korea, among others. Nina is originally Filipino, but due to Brien’s job and her resulting opportunities it is better for her to have a U.S. passport.

Koutoubia Mosque

Our first stop on the tour in Marrakesh was the Koutoubia Mosque, which takes its name from the Arabic word Koutoub, meaning book as there used to be a large booksellers’ market nearby. Built in the 12th century, the Moorish mosque became a model for mosques around Morocco and even La Giralda in Seville, Spain. Its minaret is 77 meters high and is topped with three golden orbs representing three holy places; Jerusalem, Mecca, and Marrakesh’s medina.

Mussée Dar Si Saïd

From the Koutoubia Mosque, we wandered through the Marrakesh medina to the Mussée Dar Si Saïd. This museum was once a 19th century palace. The palace was built with a courtyard with four surrounding rooms for the four wives that Muslim men were allowed. Having said that, the new king discourages polygamy. The decorative rooms now display pottery, jewelry, tapestries and leather work.

We took the stairs to the second level whose salon exhibited royal chairs and a wedding chest. The salon’s cedar carved ceiling was painted vibrant colors. The blue came from indigo, ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Maneuvering Marrakesh
Guide Location: Morocco » Marrakech
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Koutoubia Mosque   Mussée Dar Si Saïd   La Bahia Palace   Saadian Tombs   Complexe D’artisanat   Restaurant Al Baraka   Djemâa el Fna   Menara Gardens   Majorelle Gaden   Ksar El Hamra  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on author's website: https://adventuresofacouchsurfer.com/2017/03/21/maneurvering-marrakesh/