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Jemaa El Fna and the Kasbah

The spiritual and historical heart of Marrakech, the Jemaa El Fna (pronounced as a rushed “j’maf na”) was laid out as a parade ground by the city’s founders (for further details see The Night Market). After the new rulers of Marrakech constructed a walled royal domain to the south – known as the kasbah – the open ground passed into the public domain. Sultans have come and gone and royal palaces have risen and fallen, but the Jemaa El Fna remains eternally vital. Used earlier to display the heads of executed criminals, it is still home to some extraordinary sights, like snake charmers and tooth pullers. By night, it transforms ...

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