In the 11th century, ruler Abu-Bakr Ibn-Umar set out to build a brand new capital on the floodplains of the Transift River. This city would become Marrakech. With the former political centre, Aghmat, becoming overcrowded, Abu-Bakr chose a neutral location between warring tribes for the new settlement.
The Almohads later took over Marrakech and under their sultan, Yusuf bin Tashfin. In the 12th century, work was begun on a mosque suitable for the capital of en empire, resulting in the Koutoubia Mosque, whose minaret is still standing at almost 70 metres tall and was the inspiration for countless other religious towers in Europe.
In the following centuries, Fez was preferred to Marrakech as the capital, and the latter fell into disrepair. In the 16th century, the Saadians took Morocco and set about reviving the city, building a large number of ornate buildings including the magnificent Al Bedi Palace. Under the Saadians it again became capital and the country's most important city. Sadly that did not last long and the administrative centre of Morocco reverted to Fez. A new phase of development began n the early 20th Century after the French’s arrival, who ruled Morocco as a protectorate until independence in 1956. A new city with a definite European flavour was constructed outside the walls of the old medina, called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. Today it offers the more modern trappings of chain restaurants and department stores as an alternative to the medina's historic charm.
Overflowing with exotic colours, sights, and smells, a holiday in Marrakech is nothing less than a full-frontal assault on the senses. Snake charmers, storytellers, and ubiquitous street merchants all fight for your attention in the old city or medina.
This Moroccan city has been a bustling hive of commerce for centuries, nestled in the shade of the majestic Atlas Mountains. Rich in its own traditions along with those added more recently by the French, Marrakech remains a vibrant destination quite unlike any other.
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