"...It is designed as a summer escape- remember that Marrakech is like an oven through mid-summer- with both orchards and olive groves. The pavilion and the basin existed from earlier times, but the present structure was set up in the middle of the 19th century by Sultan Adu r-Rahman..."
info taken from website: http://lexicorient.com/morocco/marrakech14.htm
I samehow have a whole different story that a friend of mine told me when we visit the monument. He told me this is the monument to the army that died in some kind of war that I dont really remember which.
Wonderful restaurant atmosphere!
So the travel books advised us not to eat in the square! However we did, and several times. The food is lovely, you watch it being cooked and the outside atmosphere is great!
You are given bread to start with tomatos and herbs then you put in your order, different kebabs, couscous or vegetables. I had chicken and salad most times.
Children do approach you selling tissues and jewellery etc. If you do not want the items ou must be firm with them, the stall holders discourage them. However unfortunatekly many tourists say "no" ten times and then "yes!" If you do want the items are saying may no more than about 5 Dr for tissues.
I would advise you to be careful on the amount of salad you eat, hygenie is not the same as ours and stall holders tend not to wash their hands between touching the meat and the salad, I found that if I ate too much salad I got an upst stomach...
The lovely thing is the stall holders remember you and chat with you, they will also give you free mint tea which tastes lovely.
El Badi Palace: nobody here but us storks!
The El Badi Palace was built in the sixteenth century.
It is now a ruin, with all the marble and tiling gone, but the thick walls remain, providing a useful nesting site for storks. The contrast between the noise in the streets outside, and the calm of the courtyard within is striking.
Suug of Marrakesh
This is the place, or better to say the maze, to lose directions. We had a city guide so it was no problem to find a way out. In the suug you can find everything you want. But do not forget to bargain in order to save some money.
The Famous Square: Jemaa El Fna
"Jemaa El Fna at night"
The notorious marketplace that shimmies with commotion. Where snake charmers coax their pets to wiggle and dance. There are acrobats tumbling before you in mid-air, storytellers delivering Oscar winning performances amid monkeys being paraded around by their owners. Most of all, you don't want to miss the "toothsayer." A "dentist" who'll pull out your infected tooth for one dollar. Need anesthesia? A dab of Old Spice will do the work-says the toothsayer.
The food stalls....anything you want to eat from kebabs, fried fish, escargots, etc.
The square is busy with tourists at night since it's cooler to walk around.
"Jemaa El Fna during the day"
A totally different scene. Mostly locals.
"Water vendor at Jemaa El Fna"
If you want your picture taken with the vendors in the square....make sure you give them tip or they will not leave you alone!
"Freshly Squeezed OJ"
Don't leave Marrakech without trying the freshly squeezed OJ!
For $0.50, a bowl of escargot can be yours—still in the shell, with heads attached. Either suck them out or pry them free with a toothpick. They are not your garlicy, buttery taste French escargots. They are simply steamed over a bowl of herb water.
They're good but I did get sick one time and was miserable for a few days!
"Waiting for our kebabs..."