Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Marrakech, The Red City

Overview of the Djemaa El-Fna Square, the greatest open-air market in the world.
The square is full of jugglers, story tellers, snake charmers, magicians and acrobats.

And photographers, too!

Water seller in Marrakech, in colourful costumes with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups.

You will find all types of transportation, some of them home made.

The snake charmer usually plays the flute, and the cobra, apparently delighted, rears half its length in the air and sways its head and body.

The hoods are created by the extension of the ribs behind the cobras' heads.


Like in any Muslin country, Moroccans pray five times per day.

Detail of the palm fronds that cover the souqs.

Everyone is invited and welcome to join the show.

At sunset, people from everywhere arrive at the square and the only thing you can think off is food, due to the smell of cooking meat and fish, in the air.

Orange juice is really appreciated among moroccans.

Overview of the square at sunset.

One of the many places you can find around the square, where you can get the real taste of moroccan tea mixed with ginger and unknow delicious deserts.

Djemaa El-Fna Square at sunset, with the silhoute of the minaret (69 m/221 ft) of the venerable Koutoubia Mosque (1184-1199), a direct model for the Giralda in Sevilla and the Hassan Tower in Rabat.

Photography by Nuno Goncalves. Marrakech, Morocco 2006.