Founded in 1070-1072 by the Almoravids (1056-1147), capital of the Almohads (1147-1269), Marrakesh was, for a long time, a major political, economic and cultural centre of the western Muslim world, reigning in North Africa and Andalusia. Vast monuments dating back to that period: Koutoubia Mosque, with the matchless minaret of 77 metres, an essential monument of Muslim architecture, is one of the most important landmarks of the urban landscape and the symbol of the City, the Kasbah, ramparts, monumental gates and gardens.Jamaâ El Fna Square, inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, is a true open-air theatre that always amazes visitors.The Medina of Marrakesh possesses all its initial components both cultural and natural that illustrate its Outstanding Universal Value.
The city is living through an exciting transformation in general maintenance and cleanliness and real estate growth. Although the charm of the old Marrakech remains mostly untouched, now is a good time to visit the city in order to still appreciate the centuries old style of living. Visiting Morocco is like time-travelling, and Marrakech in particular holds a magic charm. It is a city of contrasts with its sweet rhythm yet frantic traffic, humbleness and luxury, kindness and “complications”. The international community of artists, business owners and professionals add a touch of sophistication. Many established artists, authors, fashion designers, interior designers, architects, etc. own homes in Marrakech. It is a very unique atmosphere to say the least!