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As with many of Morocco’s ancient, mystical cities, the heart of Marrakech is its fortified core, the medina. Behind imposing sandstone walls, you’ll discover 1,000-year-old market souks and winding alleys leading to elegant riads -- multi-story historic homes built around courtyards, many now converted to luxurious hotels. The souks are legendary, filled with spices, hand-dyed silk, fine leather goods and hand-tied carpets. At the center of the souks is Place Djemaa el-Fna, an enormous plaza filled with circus-like vitality: Snake-charmers and performing monkeys mingle with itinerant barbers and dentists until sundown, when the entire plaza fills with street vendors grilling the sizzling specialties of Moroccan cuisine.
Marrakesh has long been mentioned in popular music. Once the mecca for 1960s' hippies, Marrakesh is a lush oasis located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Originally founded in 1062, the city is considered the fourth of the country's Imperial cities.
The modern city of Marrakesh was actually constructed in the early 1900s. It is a typical, conservative Islamic city, but has many European influences in its architecture and ambience.
Marrakesh houses the primary railroad terminal that links all of Morocco together. The city is famous for its leatherworking and carpeting. Be sure to visit the Aguedal Gardens, as well as the Palm Grove and two palaces open to the public (Al Bedi Palace and Bahia Palace).