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  • 1. Ali ben Youssef Medersa

    Medina | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If you want a little breath taken out of you, don't pass up the chance to see this extraordinarily well-preserved 16th-century Koranic school...Read More

  • 2. Djemâa el Fna

    Medina | Historic District/Site

    The carnivalesque open square right at the center of the medina is Marrakesh's heartbeat and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This centuries-old...Read More

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  • 3. Koutoubia Mosque

    Medina | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Yacoub el Mansour built Marrakesh's towering Moorish mosque on the site of the original 11th-century Almoravid mosque. Dating from the early...Read More

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  • 4. La Bahia Palace

    Medina | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This 19th-century palace, once home to a harem, is a marvelous display of painted wood, ceramics, and symmetrical gardens. Built by Sultan Moulay...Read More

  • 5. Souks

    Medina | Market/Bazaar

    The vast labyrinth of narrow streets and derbs at the center of the medina is the souk—Marrakesh's marketplace and a wonder of arts, crafts...Read More

  • 6. The Secret Garden

    Medina | Garden/Arboretum

    The Secret Garden, or Le Jardin Secret , opened to the public in 2016 after three years of intensive excavation, restoration, and planting...Read More

  • 7. Agdal Garden

    Medina | Garden/Arboretum

    Stretching a full 3 km (2 miles) south of the Royal Palace, the Jardin de l'Aguedal comprises vast orchards, a large lagoon, and other small...Read More

  • 8. Ali ben Youssef Mosque

    Medina | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After the Koutoubia, this is the medina's largest mosque and Marrakesh's oldest. The building was first constructed in the second half of the...Read More

  • 9. Chez Lamine Hadj Mustapha

    Medina | Restaurant–Sight

    Although the row of severed lambs' heads out front may not be everyone's idea of culinary heaven, Marrakshis love Chez Lamine Hadj Mustapha...Read More

  • 10. Dar Cherifa

    Medina | House/Mansion/Villa

    Wind down at Dar Cherifa, an airy 16th-century riad turned café turned library turned art gallery. It puts on the occasional cultural evening...Read More

  • 11. Dar Si Saïd

    Medina | Museum/Gallery

    This 19th-century palace is now a museum with an excellent collection of antique Moroccan crafts including pottery from Safi and Tamegroute...Read More

  • 12. El Badi Palace

    Kasbah | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This 16th-century palace was once a playground for Saadian princes and visiting diplomats—a mammoth showpiece for opulent entertaining. Today...Read More

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  • 13. Heritage Museum

    Medina | Museum/Gallery

    This family-owned and operated museum displays an impressive collection of ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, Jewish ceremonial items, tribal...Read More

  • 14. Maison de la Photographie

    Medina | Museum/Gallery

    This restored riad, in the heart of the medina, houses a rare collection of original black-and-white photos and glass negatives that depict...Read More

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  • 15. Mellah

    Medina | Historic District/Site

    As in other Moroccan cities, the Mellah is the old Jewish quarter, once a small, walled-off city within the city. Although it was once home...Read More

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  • 16. Musée de Marrakech

    Medina | Museum/Gallery

    The main reason to come to this small, privately owned museum next door to the Ali ben Youssef Medersa is not the exhibitions of regional pottery...Read More

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  • 17. Qoubba Almoravid

    Medina | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This is the city's oldest monument and the only intact example of Almoravid architecture in all of Morocco (the few other ruins include some...Read More

  • 18. Ramparts

    Building/Architectural Site

    The medina's amazingly well-preserved walls measure about 33 feet high and 7 feet thick, and are 15 km (9 miles) in circumference. The walls...Read More

  • 19. Saadian Tombs

    Kasbah | Cemetery

    This small, beautiful, 16th-century burial ground is the permanent resting place of 166 Saadians, including its creator, Sultan Ahmed el Mansour...Read More

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  • 20. Tanneries

    Medina | Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    For a whiff of Marrakesh life the old way, the tanneries are a real eye-waterer, not least because of the smell of acrid pigeon excrement, which...Read More

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