Saturday, November 21, 2020



The reddish brown clay and chalk walls surrounding the ancient Medina span some 19 kilometres and seeing them we could appreciate why Marrakech is sometimes called The Red City or The Ochre City.  Contrasted with the blue sky they were constructed from 1126-27 over 800 years ago.  Their purpose was protection but travelling both within and beyond them we could not help but question whether today they are walls of protection or confinement.  Inside the walls contain palaces, mosques, museums as well as poverty, confusion and chaos. 

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