Weekend in Marrakech Visit of Jemaa el Fnaa medina , Barter for souvenirs, food, and clothing at the vast historic marketplace Jemaa el Fnaa medina, then venture further into the medina (Old Town) to explore its labyrinth of traditional Souks!
The origin of its name is unclear: Jamaa means "congregation" in Arabic, probably referring to a destroyed ALmoravid mosque. el Fnaʼ or finâʼ can mean "death" or "a courtyard, space in front of a building". "finâʼ in arabic commonly means "open area", straight translation would be "the gathering/congregation area". Other meanings could be "The assembly of death," or "The Mosque at the End of the World". Another explanation is that it refers to a mosque with a distinctive courtyard or square in front of it. A third translation is "assembly of the dead", referring to public executions on the plaza around 1050 AD
Marrakesh was founded by the Almorabits 1070-1072. After a destructive struggle, it fell to the Almohads in 1147. Following this, Jamaa el-Fna was renovated along with much of the city. The city walls were also extended by Abou Yacoub youssef and particularly by Yacoub el Mansour from 1147-1158. The surrounding mosque, palace, hospital, parade ground and gardens around the edges of the marketplace were also overhauled, and the Kasbah was fortified. Subsequently, with the fortunes of the city, Jamaa el Fna saw periods of decline and also renewal. enjoy a Private Tour Guided visit in MarrakechTags: Marrakech Marrakech Guided Tour
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