This series of blog posts is based on the book 100 Wonders of the World by Michael Hoffman and Alexander Krings.
Marrakech or Marrakesh, known as the "Red City", is an important and former imperial city in Morocco.
Like many North African cities, the city of Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city (the médina, 2004 population 167,233) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz, 2004 population 173,101) for a total population of 340,334.
Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The origin of its name remains unknown: it means "Assembly of the dead" in Arabic, but as the word djemaa also means mosque in Arabic, it could also mean place of the vanished mosque, in reference to a destroyed Almoravid mosque. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. By night food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant.
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