Let’s face it – stories of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, “Gladiator, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Our Man in Marrakesh’ all conjure of images of a lost city of intrigue, defiance, great wars, mysticism and romance. All of these films and a myriad of others where filmed in Morocco as the land is so diverse that it lends itself to some of the most magnificent film sets.
Morocco has several ancient walled cities or “medinas,’ all with their own unique blend of offerings. For me the two most fascinating are those of Fez and Marrakesh, so divergently different with Fez having intricate covered mazes of narrow sloping streets and Marrakesh of a livelier contemporary feel.
In the 11th century, an imperial Berber dynasty called the Almoravids took hold of Marrakesh as the imperial city of the region. Enclosing it in massive high red walls it developed the nick-name “Red City.” Although a…
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