In 1062 AD, the Almovarides Dynasty founded the city of Marrakesh, known as, 'The Red City'. The colorful Spice Market is only one of several markets, otherwise known as 'souks', where baskets brim over with ginger, saffron, caraway and coriander. The souks are divided into different areas and specialties, including various craft workshops in which coppersmiths and potters offer their goods for sale. Even today, the bazaars still display the age-old splendor of this important trading city and caravan destination.
Snake charmers still captivate curious onlookers and the Djemaa-El-Fna Square with its tricksters, minstrels and other entertainers is one of the oldest open-air variety shows in Africa.
Each magnificent sunset shows why Marrakesh was given its nickname of 'The Red City', and this city is indeed a fascinating living gem of a time gone by.
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