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Marrakesh

A little history

Marrakesh_Image_Small Marrakesh, (pronounced Marrak'che in Arabic) is the imperial city of southern Morocco. It was built on a vast plain named "El Haouz" surrounded by seven miles of pink-red walls made out of a mixture of local sand and lime. This color covers the monuments of the city as well as its ancient and modern houses; hence the city’s nickname “Al Hamra” (The Red one). These walls were built in 1126-1127 to protect the city from outside invasions.
The natural site of Marrakech is of breathtaking beauty; it is located in a vast Saharan plain guarded by the majestic High Atlas (the largest mountain chain in Morocco), and surrounded by a palm tree belt. Of all the Moroccan imperial cities, Marrakech is undoubtedly the city whose name evokes more exoticism, uprooting and enchantment. Its location, its diverse population (known for its elaborate sense of humor) and its handmade crafts which are regarded are as some of the most genuine in the world, all these factors made many international artists fall in love with this city and adopt a new lifestyle in complete anonymity.

Muslim Spain had a great influence on the architecture of the city, so one cannot talk about Marrakesh without mentioning its beautiful houses called “Riads” which attract millions of tourists every year. The city has kept these mini-castles intact for hundreds of years defying the passage of time. It is estimated that more than 50% of Marrakesh Riads have been bought by Europeans between 2000 to 2010, which drove the real estate market in Morocco to unprecedented heights.

Moroccan Leather

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Bab EDebbagh is probably one of the most interesting leather preparation facilities in Marrakech. It is comprised of five tanneries and is located in the “Medina” (The old city). The Marrakshi' skin preparation has been immutable for decades (it is said that nothing has changed since the Middle Ages). All sorts of animal skins are used: cow, lamb, mutton, goat and camel. First, the skins are kept in the lime so that all of the hair falls off and then they are washed and placed for several weeks in a bath composed of organic substances – This step is necessary to soften the skins. The last bath these skins go through is a mixture of bark and flowers in order to remove the treatment odors. Once this last bathing is done, the skins are dried quickly and then sent to the craftsmen who use them to make their beautiful goods.

Comments (3)
  • Stephanie  - I LOVE IT!
    Beautiful article, and beautiful pictures! I love the contrast in the first
    picture: Snowy Mountains with palm trees. Marrakesh is just magical!
    Steff.
  • Julia Andews  - wow.
    That first picture is just amazing!
    Julia.
  • Jessica  - Really cool.
    I love the colors :)

    Jessy.
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