Moroccan Architecture Tour in Marrakech, Marrakech

Moroccan Architecture Tour in Marrakech, Marrakech
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Marrakech Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Marrakech Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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No tall skyscrapers, no sophisticated giant malls, no nothing to remind of the Western architecture. This tour is all about genuine Moroccan style. Featuring the most prominent architectural sights, this tour takes you to places that will amaze you with their mystic atmosphere, traditional motifs, and majestic structures. Every single building here has its own legend. So find time to discover the best of the Marrakech's architecture by taking the self-guided tour below.

Moroccan Architecture Tour in Marrakech Map

Guide Name: Moroccan Architecture Tour in Marrakech
Guide Location: Morocco » Marrakech (See other walking tours in Marrakech)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Author: ann
Royal Palace

1) Royal Palace (must see)

The Royal Palace in Marrakech is not open to the public, but it is worthwhile going to see if you can take a photo of one of the members of the royal family or foreign presidents going in or out of its elaborate entrance.

It is perhaps the largest palace in the country and has been used as winter quarters by royal families for centuries. It is an enclave within the medina – or a city within the city.

The first palace was built after the Almohad tribe won the city in 1147 following many...   view more
Bab Agnaou

2) Bab Agnaou

There are 20 gates in the Marrakech ramparts, the most elaborate of which is the magnificent Bab Agnaou.

This Bab served as the entrance of the palace in the medina and appears to have been more of a decoration than a defense. It was built in the 12th century on the order of the Almohad sultan Yacoub el-Mansour.

It takes its blue/ochre color from the Gueliz sandstone of which it is built. It is made up of four semi-circular carved arcs one over the other, with a frieze along the top...   view more
Mansouria Mosque

3) Mansouria Mosque

Mansouria Mosque was built by Yakub al-Mansur, the Victorious. It is also known as the Kasbah Mosque and is located in the vicinity of Bab Agnaou. Mansouria Mosque is one of the city's most popular mosques. There is no access for non-Muslims, but you can admire the impressive architecture from the...   view more
Saadian Tombs

4) Saadian Tombs (must see)

If you want to understand the incredible beauty of ancient Marrakech, you should visit the Saadian Tombs in the medina district.

The Saadian Dynasty ruled in Morocco from 1554 until 1659 and almost nothing remains intact from their reign, except the tombs which were commissioned by Sultan Ahmed al-Mansur in 1554 for himself and his family.

When the dynasty fell to the Alaouite Dynasty, the new Sultan Moulay Ismail wanted everything built by the Saadians destroyed, but drew the line at...   view more
El Badi Palace

5) El Badi Palace (must see)

All that remains of the once proud El Badi Palace are the extensive ruins and when you visit it and walk among the remains, spare a thought for the ghosts of past splendors.

Fresh from his victory over the Portuguese in the Battle of the Three Kings in 1572, the Sultan Ahmed el-Massour of the Saadian Dynasty, ordered the palace to be built in celebration. He wanted it to be the most important building in Marrakech and named it “Incomparable”, but sadly he died before its completion in...   view more
Bahia Palace

6) Bahia Palace (must see)

The enormous Bahia Palace stands in a two acre garden and when you visit it, it is a good idea to go with a guide who will give you full details of the palace’s history and will make sure you don’t get lost!

The palace was built in the 19th century, in two stages and is a monument to the nouveau-riche who had a rather questionable taste. It has all the classical patterned tiles, carved wood and mosaics, but the workmanship isn’t very good, and the whole building has a forlorn air about...   view more
Maison Tiskiwin (Musée Bert Flint)

7) Maison Tiskiwin (Musée Bert Flint) (must see)

Marrakech has some excellent museums and one of the best is Maison Tiskiwin (Musée Bert Flint) which stands on Rue de la Bahia. There is only a small sign indicating the entrance, so keep an eye out for it, as it would be a shame to miss this fascinating collection.

The house is a very beautiful example of Spanish/Moroccan architecture, built in the late 19th century. Bert Flint is a Dutch anthropologist and art historian. He began his superb collection in 1946 and the museum opened its...   view more
Museum of Moroccan Arts (Dar Si Said)

8) Museum of Moroccan Arts (Dar Si Said) (must see)

A calm and interesting place to spend a few hours is at the Museum of Moroccan Art (Dar Si Saïd), one of Marrakech’s most beautiful houses.

Dar means house, and this one was built for Si Saïd ibn Moussa, the Minister of War, whose brother was the Vizier Bou Ahmed. More than a simple town house, this magnificent building was put up in the mid 19th century and surrounds a superb courtyard full of flowers and cypress trees with a gazebo and a fountain.

The exhibition rooms around the...   view more
Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret

9) Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret (must see)

The Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret isn’t open to non-Muslims, but there is nothing to stop you from taking photos and admiring this magnificent building, especially at night when it is dramatically lit-up.

When the Almoravides founded the city in the 11th century, they built a mosque, smaller than the present one, but when they were defeated by the Almohades in 1147, the new rulers considered the mosque “unclean” and had it pulled down.

They then built their own “pure” mosque, but...   view more
Almoravid Koubba

10) Almoravid Koubba

There aren’t many buildings that have survived the centuries in good condition, so visiting the Almoravid Koubba is a real treat for amateur archeologists.

It was built in the 12th century and is the sole surviving Almoravid building intact in Morocco. It had been renovated and rebuilt in the 16th century, before being buried under an outbuilding attached to the Ben Youssef Mosque when the mosque was renovated and enlarged.

Like so many cities, Marrakech today is much higher than it was...   view more
Ben Youssef Madrasa

11) Ben Youssef Madrasa (must see)

You will find the Ali ben Youssef Madrasa in the medina district of Marrakech and you shouldn’t miss a trip to visit this important building.

Madrasa means centre of learning and can be ascribed to a school, a college or a university – in this case the building served as an Islamic college where students came to learn and study the Koran.

The Ali ben Youssef Madrasa was named after the Almoravid Sultan who reigned between 1106 and 1142. It was founded in the 14th century, and rebuilt...   view more

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