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What's the difference between the Kasbah and the Souks?

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What's the difference between the Kasbah and the Souks?

We seem to think that the Kasbah looked more like the wholesale area or at least where the locals shop? Do locals use the souks as well?

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1. Re: What's the difference between the Kasbah and the Souks?

What's 'the Kasbah?'

A kasbah is a fortified house/building/warehouse/palace under the control of a single family as opposed to a ksar which is a fortified village under the control of many.

A souq is a sales area, originally normally a weekly market, but in areas of high commerce it becomes a daily shopping area.

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2. Re: What's the difference between the Kasbah and the Souks?

In the case of Marrakech the district known as the Kasbah started out as an administrative centre and grew into a mainly residential area lacking any significant souks. Souks are simply markets and locals do shop there. Indeed some of my neighbours don't shop anywhere else and have never been inside a supermarket. The main tourist souks for artisinal/handicraft wares are situated to the north of Djemma al Fna but there are other souks - for food and clothing for example - scattered throughout the medina.

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3. Re: What's the difference between the Kasbah and the Souks?

Tim's reply is the very correct to your request.

Kasbah is a kasbah like Tim has illustrates above, and Ksar another different terminology to a big Kasbah like Ait Ben haddou that so many travellers thought it's kasbah but it's Ksar under the control of many families, where still only 10 families living.

A souk is traditional market where happens several days a week or once a week depends on the area where it happens, and it's different from in the small towns, where the Souk helds every week in Sunday as it's holiday for many people to do the shopping, and in other places it can be at any day they agreed about from their insistors.

4. Re: What's the difference between the Kasbah and the Souks?

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