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In its nine centuries of life Marrakesh the imperial city alternate moments of splendor and glory with long years of obscurity. It was built and destroyed more than once, are few cities in the world whose history is so closely tied plundered and embellished, venerated and punished. There to that of their country, to the point of even bearing the same name.
Marrakesh the imperial city still today bears witness to the past splendor of its troubled and fascinating history and is to all effects a museum-city, with its striking mosques, minarets, splendid palaces, gardens which seem miraculously to spring from a void in the dry thirsty earth, where they were created thanks to the genius and fantasy of its builders. There is something both thrilling and delightful in the ancient lanes, the crooks and crannies, the shops of the souk where everything can be had; but there is also something overwhelming in the feeling of infinity of the landscapes stretching back towards the mountains of the High Atlas, the vastness of this mythical square (Place Djemaa el-Fna), the spectacular geometry of its walls. We are sure that you will spend a lovely time in Marrakech the imperial city.
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Marrakesh was once the capital of all Morocco, an imperial city on a par with Fez, Meknès and Rabat. It was and is the capital of the South: with its burning sunsets and red and pink houses, an infinite variety of aromas and the perfumes of spices and acute and sweet essences; the intoxicating scents of roses and jasmine; the spell cast by the songs and words of the craftsmen and the snake charmers; the sound of water and the milling crowds in the markets; the majestic silence of its Berber and Arab art treasures; the incredible snows on the mountain peaks overlooking the city. It sprang up as a great Berber metropolis, a symbol of the pride of this nomad race, accustomed to a hard life bounded by the sea of the Sahara sands and the friendless rugged stones of the Atlas mountain chain and its snow- covered peaks, and that is what it will always be. No one – neither the Phoenicians nor the Romans, the Byzantines nor the Vandals – ever succeeded in completely dominating this pride. And not even the Arabs when they began their conquests in the seventh century. Today the imperial city Marrakesh is with over 500,000 inhabitants, the third in Morocco, after Rabat and Casablanca, the principal city of a province which numbers a population of a over 1,260,000 souls. It is the principal crossroads for the Saharian south, beyond the High Atlas and for the routes which lead to Agadir, Casablanca, Fez and Meknès. It is, in other words, an ideal bridge which joins the north of Morocco to the south.
The principal activity consists of crafts (leather, copper, textiles, carpets), in which 58.5% of the inhabitants are employed. But Marrakesh the imperial city, in the seventies and eighties and now more than ever, thanks to its systems of hotels which cater to all pockets and range from the simplest to the most luxurious with splendid swimming pools, casino and perfect 18-hole golf courses, has consolidated its role as capital of Moroccan tourism, competing, perhaps, only with Agadir and its blue sea. The almost millenary history of Marrakesh the imperial city has always been closely related to that of the principal Berber tribes and their encounter-clash with Islam: the Almoravids, the Almohads, the Merinids, the Saadians, the Alaouites. Uncertainty still surrounds the origins of what was to become the capital of the Berber empire and its culture.
The inhabitants of Marrakech the imperial city are the most generous people. They are always happy and dynamic. You wouldn’t feel bored while you’re there. They’re really lovely.
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