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January 13, 2007

Red, blue and black: evening in Marrakesh (Place Jemaa el Fna)

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Shortly after sunset, Place Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech

Blue hour over Place Jemaa el Fna

Night over Place Jemaa el Fna, Marrakesh
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I was fortunate enough to get a table with an excellent view of Marrakesh’s main square on the evening before my flight back to Germany.
The sunset itself was not spectacular, but seeing the lively Place Jemaa el Fna and the spire of the Kotoubia Mosque under a rapidly changing sky was truly beautiful.
The square itself is already quite lively during day time and offers many attractions: there are many fruit stalls, musicians, magicians, tea vendors and artisans.
When night falls, however, it becomes even busier: there are long rows of food stall catering to tourists as well as the local population and Many people are passing through on their way to the extensive souks surrounding the square.
On the photos you can see the smoke rise from hundreds of grills.
Wikipedia told me that the name comes from the Arabic for “Assembly of the dead” and indeed, the heads of many executed people were on display here in ancient times.
Today, it is hard to imagine a livelier spot…

I very much enjoy looking at other people’s impressions of the same locations I visited, here are some I found interesting:

http://yourinnervagabond.com/blog//?p=122
http://www.evete.com/morocco2007/2006/09/djemaa_el_fna_s.html
http://blog.flickr.com/flickrblog/2006/08/oj_stand_on_jam.html
http://photosdumaroc.net/

2 Responses to “Red, blue and black: evening in Marrakesh (Place Jemaa el Fna)”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Love your photos from Marrakech - definitely one of my favorite cities.

    Thanks for the link and you have a great site!

    -Andrew

  2. Marrakech property Says:

    Yes, Marrakech is really amazing city. Today, like many Arab cities, Marrakech consists of two sectors: the medina of Marrakech (old, walled city) and the gueliz of Marrakech (modern area). The medina is very much the heartbeat, containing the famous Djemaa el Fna – which almost single-handedly has earned Marrakech the title of ‘Mococco’s city of entertainment’.

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