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Back to basics at Marrakech Al Bahja

Sabâatou rijal 

There are the seven saints buried in Marrakech, each one a renowned theologian or Sufi mystic. These venerated figures are the basis for a seven-day pilgrimage where the saints’ baraka, or blessing, is sought. This ziyara follows a strict schedule whose circular route through the Medina district begins at the southeast and ends in the southwest. 

Tuesday is the day for visiting the tomb of Sidi Youssef Ben Ali at Bab Aghmat. Wednesday is devoted to Qadi Ayyad Ben Moussad near Bab Aylan. Thursday is for Sidi Bel Abbes Sabti, the patron saint of the city who is buried close to Bab Taghzout. Friday is a day of reflection at the tomb of Sidi Ben Slimane al-Jazouli in Medina’s Zawiya al-Jazuli. Saturday is reserved for Sidi Abdelaziz al-Taba’a near the Ben Youssef Mosque, not far from Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Sunday is in honor of Sidi Abdallah al-Ghazwani, also known as Moulay Ksour since his tomb and zawiya are in the Ksour district in the western part of Medina. Finally, Monday is dedicated to Imam al-Suhayli, who is buried just outside Bab er-Robb.

Sour al madina 

Like many large Moroccan cities, the historic center of Marrakech is enclosed by adobe ramparts. The earliest parts of the wall are from the twelfth century, and the latest sections were added in the eighteenth century. An essential feature of the Medina district, the wall has long been a protective border, spanning almost 12.4 miles (20 km) with over 200 towers. There are now over 20 gates where you can pass into Medina.

Jamaâ al Koutoubia 

Literally meaning, “the Booksellers’ Mosque”, this majestic place of worship is the largest in Marrakech. Its name comes from the many manuscript merchants and calligraphers who ran stalls close to mosque after it was built in the mid-twelfth century by the founder of the Almohad Caliphate. The 77-meter minaret, which was added at a later stage, was completed under Yaqub al-Mansur around 1195. The Caliph promptly began constructing the Giralda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat, both towers modeled after the original Koutoubia Mosque.


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