Friday, February 14, 2014

Day 6 // Marrakech (مَراكَش)

Lodging
Douarskoll Guesthouse.

Sights
This day is really about to be jam-packed, but it's also going to be full of beautiful art and architecture.

The Majorelle Gardens and Berber Museum (located inside) were one of my favorite parts of Marrakech. French artist Jacques Majorelle and designer Yves Saint Laurent actually worked on the garden together, so there are sweet additions like an Yves Saint Lauren memorial and a "Love Gallery," featuring the collection of YSL's famed Love prints. You might recognize some of the photos from the Majorelle Gardens--see my sidebar photo? That was taken there! The Berber Museum, while small, is filled with history of the Berber people. Admission is 50 dh for the garden and 25 for the museum, but garden admission is only 30 dh upon presentation of a university-issued student ID.
The gardens are full of blue-and-green jewel tones and lush greenery.
The museum doesn't allow photos, so this was as close as I got.

The Saadian Tombs are a bit out of the way, but easy to get to by cab. The visit costs only 10 dh, and you get to see a beautiful mausoleum--I promise it's not as creepy as it sounds! Inside of the tombs are members of the Saadi dynasty, dating back to the late 1500s/early 1600s.

After the Saadian Tombs, walk a few minutes to Maison Tiskiwin. At 20 dh, it's filled with artifactual wonders and Moroccan craft, many of which were found by Dutch anthropologist Bert Flint.

Near the Maison Tiskiwin and Saadian Tombs is the Bahia Palace. This former palace has two acres of gardens, and it only costs 10 dh to enter.

One last stop while you're in the neighborhood is Museum of Moroccan Arts (Dar Si Saïd). It's exactly what it sounds like: beautiful, Moroccan and Islamic art. The entrance fee is 30 dh.

Finally, the mellah, or Jewish quarter, is on my list. The Lazama Synagogue is absolutely gorgeous, and the Miâara Cemetery is the largest Jewish cemetery in Morocco. Again, it's important to me to include Judaism in this cultural experience, especially since I know so little about Moroccan Jews.
Beautiful but humbling.
This synagogue has such lavish decor!

Vocabulary (French // Arabic // English)
  • heureux // saïd (سَعيد) // happy
  • un mellah // mellah (مَلاح) // walled Jewish quarter (ghetto) in a Moroccan city


Photos c/o Stay.com, Only-Apartments.com, The Best Travel Destinations, JoaoLeitao.com

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