It has been said that Marrakech awakens all the senses. Whether it is to see the ornate buildings, smell the various spices sold in the souks, hear the call to prayer from the nearby mosques, or sample a delicious tagine, Marrakech never ceases to fascinate. Located just west of the Atlas Mountains, it has been inhabited for centuries by farmers. It has been dubbed the “city of ochre” because of the proliferation of red sandstone buildings and the city’s red walls, which enclose the Medina, where Jemaa el-Fnaa, one of Africa’s busiest squares, is located. Marrakech is overflowing with culture and has been inspiring visitors for decades. The annual Marrakech International Film Festival attracts significant crowds. Assouline’s Marrakech Flair offers an escape with fascinating images of the Moroccan city and its culture that have attracted visitors such as Yves Saint Laurent, Mick Jagger and Talitha Getty, among others.
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