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Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakesh

The famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square is known all over the world not only as the main sight of the city, but also it's frightening history.


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Jemaa el-Fnaa

#1 of 12 places to visit in Marrakesh
Since 2001, Jemaa el-Fnaa square is officially considered as a part of UNESCO world heritage list.

Till 19th century on Jemaa el-Fnaa Square all public executions and slave transactions had been carried out, which is why the locals often interpret the name of the square as the "assembly of death".

Nowadays square is a cultural space where by the evenings gather various colorful characters: all kind of selles, musicians, storytellers, snake charmers, magicians, seers and jugglers.

On the territory of the square locates large bazaar arranged every day, where everyone can trade almost any goods and even organize temporary open-air restaurants where every passer-by can taste national Moroccan treats.

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See snake charmers in Marrakesh
chateauSee snake charmers#5 of 12 things to do in Marrakesh

On the stunning Jemaa al-Fnaa square daily performed colorful magicians, jugglers, narrators of folk legends, musicians and of course, snake charmers!

How much: free#unusual#authentic#free#animalsJemaa el-Fnaa
Learn your future from the fortune teller in Marrakesh
ScaleLearn your future from the fortune teller#8 of 12 things to do in Marrakesh

However, daily in the Jemaa el-Fnaa square you can meet the fortune tellers of all kinds.

How much: price unknown#unusual#authentic#strolling#cultural#mysticJemaa el-Fnaa
Try harira in Marrakesh
oddviserTry harira#10 of 12 things to do in Marrakesh

Soup harira is an authentic part of the magnificent Moroccan cuisine and also is considered to be a national treasure.

How much: from 20#cuisineJemaa el-Fnaa
Try tagine in Marrakesh
AjaxTry tagine#12 of 12 things to do in Marrakesh

Tagine is an exotic kind of well-known roast beef in a ceramic pot. It differs in many nuances - cooking time, seasonings and other ingredients.

How much: from 20#cuisineJemaa el-Fnaa
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