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Djemaa El Fna

Djemaa El Fna

Everywhere you look in Marrakesh’s main square (pronounced 'jema' – the 'd' is silent), you’ll discover drama in progress. The hoopla and halqa (street theatre) have been non-stop here since the 11th century....

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Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought Jardin Majorelle in 1984 to preserve the vision of its original owner, French landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, and keep it open...

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Bahia Palace

Bahia Palace

It may not be Marrakesh's oldest palace, but Bahia is definitely one of the city's most eye-popping sights. Built by Grand Vizier Si Moussa in the 1860s, it was later expanded and embellished from 1894 to 1900 by...

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Musée Yves Saint Laurent

Musée Yves Saint Laurent

This captivating museum showcases finely selected collections of haute couture clothing and accessories that span 40 years of creative work by legendary French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The...

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Badia Palace

Badia Palace

As 16th-century Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour (r 1578-1603) was paving the Badia Palace with gold, turquoise and crystal, his court jester wisecracked, ‘It’ll make a beautiful ruin.’ That jester was no fool: at the...

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Le Jardin Secret

Le Jardin Secret

The foundations of this historic riad are more than 400 years old, and it was once owned by powerful qaid (local chief) U-Bihi. Here, though, it's not the building but the traditional Islamic garden that is so...

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Musée de Marrakech

Musée de Marrakech

The Musée de Marrakech exhibits a collection of Moroccan art forms within the decadent salons of the Mnebhi Palace. The central internal courtyard, with its riot of cedar archways, stained-glass windows,...

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Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque

Five times a day, one voice rises above the Djemaa din as the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer from the Koutoubia Mosque's minaret. The tower is a monumental cheat sheet of Moorish ornament: scalloped...

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Saadian Tombs

Saadian Tombs

Saadian Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour Ed Dahbi spared no expense on his tomb, importing Italian Carrara marble and gilding honeycomb muqarnas (decorative plasterwork) with pure gold to make the Chamber of 12 Pillars a...

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Maison de la Photographie

Maison de la Photographie

When Parisian Patrick Menac’h and Marrakshi Hamid Mergani realised they were both collecting vintage Moroccan photography, they decided to open a photography museum to show their collections in context. Together...

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Musée de la Palmeraie

There's no comprehensive archive of modern Moroccan art in central Marrakesh: it's out here, hidden in the Palmeraie, and it's well worth travelling for. Set in a sprawling Andalusian garden of adobe houses, the...

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Comptoir des Mines

Comptoir des Mines

Once the home of a mining corporation, this 1932 building now houses Marrakech Art Fair founder Hicham Daoudi’s latest project: a contemporary gallery. Restored to its original art deco glory, the sweeping...

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Dar Si Said

Si Said, the original owner of this 19th-century medina mansion, a monument to Moroccan mâalem (master artisans), was brother to Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed, who lived at Bahia Palace. It is now home to the...

Area in Kâat Ben Nahid & Bab Debbagh

Bab Debbagh Tanneries

Leather working is one of Morocco's medieval trades, and the tanneries around Bab Debbagh – ideally situated next to the river from where they draw water to pummel animal hides – have been in use for hundreds of...

Gardens in Marrakesh

Cactus Thiemann

Cactus Thiemann

If you think a cacti garden isn't worth travelling across the bumpy lunar pistes of outer Marrakesh for, think again. Cactus Thiemann is one of North Africa’s largest cacti farms, with fields of giant aloe, agave...

Gallery in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

MACMA

MACMA

In 2019 MACMA's painting archive was moved to its sister venue, the Orientalist Museum, and this modern gallery shifted its focus to photography, beautifully arranged around a smattering of decorative arts....

Museum in Kâat Ben Nahid & Bab Debbagh

Musée Boucharouite

Berber boucharouites (rag rugs made from recycled cloth) may be a poor cousin to the famous jewel-toned Moroccan carpets, but this beautifully collated gallery housed in an 18th-century riad displays the artistry...

Museum in Kâat Ben Nahid & Bab Debbagh

Orientalist Museum

Opened in 2019 as a sister museum to MACMA in Gueliz, this small private gallery beautifully displays the big guns of Orientalist painting inside a 17th-century riad. The impressive collection of 19th- and...

Museum in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

Musée Tiskiwin

Musée Tiskiwin

Travel to Timbuktu and back again via Dutch anthropologist Bert Flint’s art collection, crammed inside this ornate medina riad. Each room represents a caravan stop along the Sahara-to-Marrakesh route, presenting...

Museum in Mouassine & Central Souqs

Musée de Mouassine

Musée de Mouassine

While house-hunting in the medina, Parisian Patrick Menac'h stumbled across a historic treasure of great cultural significance. Beneath the layers of white plaster of a modest riad's 1st-floor douiria (guest...