As Morocco’s “pearl of the south,” marrakech has lived up to the charms of this ancient kingdom. It is Morocco’s third largest city and one of the four most important royal cities in its history. Wander here and you will find all the wonders of marrakesh gathered in the sleepless square at night.
It is Morocco’s largest berber market (also known as DE gil square) and the busiest square in Africa. After sunset, the square is filled with food stalls, fruit and dried fruit stands, barbecues and open-air bars. But compared with the temptation of flavor, what excites me most is the dream and magic in the world at night.
In the daytime, the square looks to me like a regular degil square. The streets around the square, scattered in the scorching sun, are another marrakech bazaar. But after sunset, everything changed.
You can see India’s dance snakes, sell spices tea arabs, storytelling and fortune of Morocco, various busk musicians and dancers, and countless sell food, drinks, clothes, carpet, ornament, leather, handicrafts small booth, it is like a temple street in Hong Kong, makes visitors also have no reaction to come over to have entered a magical night.
It’s not the first time I’ve seen a square night market like this, but marrakech still surprises me. This ancient imperial city, because of the sleepless square and has infinite vitality, it is defined by the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization as intangible cultural heritage.
When it was built in the early 12th century, it was named jemaah fna square, which means “square for the dead” in Arabic. In other words, it was the place where people were publicly executed.
But here you can’t imagine the image of a busy night market full of entertainers and a place full of dead people. Today, the sleepless square is the most popular tourist spot in marrakech, and from sunset to late at night, it is a place where one is willing to abandon one’s dream.
But just like this, the square noisy noise can be heard, at the same time mixed, while immersed in the night more wonderful atmosphere, while also want to be alert to the thief.
At the beginning of the lantern, the silence of history could not cover up the extraordinary bustle of the ancient city, even if it was the “guillotine” for the dead, it did not hinder the determination of all people to show their skills. Whether you play monkey tricks, snakes, jugglers, rappers, fortune-tellers, fortune-tellers, hand-drawn artists, video games, jugglers, you can think of everything here.
Be aware, however, that you will have to resist the urge to press the shutter button when the moment comes. As soon as you lift the camera, press the shutter or not, someone comes up and asks for money. At this point, you have to pay.
Be even more careful of vagrants in bright red and green clothes and pointed hats. They often see who arrest who, take the initiative to take a photo of others for a tip. Even some hand-painted women will take your hand, and if you hesitate for a moment, you will have to pay. Because she’s already quickly “painting” on the back of your hand.
Facing such a “nervous” and had to “alert” square, I still feel very excited.
Although through many countries and cities, experienced numerous large and small, fair and square, but in front of the marrakech sleepless nights, I totally ignored yourself to be a senior traveler, thus a new tourists, see the jugglers, busker wearing costumes, fortune-telling, and so on can not but frequently held up the camera, but the thought I will he eat people, basically will run for the money to me.
It was nothing like what I had experienced in the old city of casablanca. In casablanca, many men and women dressed in traditional clothes resist the camera for fear of being sucked away. Whether I am shooting them or not, as long as I hold up the camera and stand in front of the camera (a distance away), many people will wave their hands to refuse or even scold, but no one will ask for money.
As you can imagine, tourism in marrakech is very open and mature. At present, the majority of tourists here are europeans, asians are few, and Chinese are even less common.
Square in addition to a variety of performers, there are a wealth of food snacks. Morocco has been colonized by many European countries in history, among which France, Portugal and other countries are the most formidable. Therefore, Morocco’s food is influenced by western culture to some extent.
Such as French fries, salad, baguette, boiled snails and other common. But there are also local specialties, including Kafta, taji, mint tea, etc. What impressed me most was the variety of Moroccan “flatbread”, which I ate almost every day during my 10-day trip.
At the moment, I am wandering between food and art, between ancient and modern dreams, attracted by a sleepless square in the 900-year-old royal city of Morocco.
In addition to having the most traditional berber lifestyle and unique southern style of Morocco, it also carries on the cultural customs of Morocco for thousands of years.
Even today, marrakesh attracts more visitors with its antiquity, which is why it is more important than modern civilization. This is probably the main reason why UNESCO defines sleepless plaza as the world’s intangible cultural heritage.