Marrakech will amaze you with extensive palm groves and intertwining narrow passageways leading to noisy souks (bazaars). The name Marrakech came from the Berber language and means "Land of God". After Casablanca, Marrakesh is the second largest city in Morocco. It offers several historical and architectural sites as well as some interesting museums.
Founded by the Berber Almoravids around 1062, Marrakesh soon became the capital of an Islamic empire that covered most of the Magreb (Northwest Africa) and extended well into Europe. The Almoravid conquest of southern Spain resulted into the culture exchange of two countries. Even now you can feel the cosmopolitan Andalucía atmosphere in Marrakesh.
The city experienced its greatest period under the leadership of Almohad dynasties. They built the Koutoubia and el Mansour mosques which became the symbols of the city.
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