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“Do it by horse carriage in the moonlight” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Marrakech Ramparts

Marrakech Ramparts
Marrakesh medina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #37 of 91 attractions in Marrakech
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: These are the walls that surround the city. Circle them on foot or on a rented bike.
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“Do it by horse carriage in the moonlight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

If you are lucy enough to be there during the full moon take a carriage ride along the ramparts late at night. Romantic and dreamy.

Visited November 2012
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“An enjoyable walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Any walk in Marrakech is fun, just soaking up the atmosphere but walking along the walls - even just a part of them - has added interest. You are bound to see other interesting things whichever bit you take. A bit like the M25, there is no real start or finish but they did buldoze through where Avenue Mohammad V runs to the square, so it's as good a place as any to start.

Visited November 2012
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“Impressive Medieval walls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Encircling the ancient medina, these ramparts measure some 10 miles. Built from mud and stones and straw, they have withstood centuries of attack. They are regularly repaired, so look pretty good.

Visited September 2012
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“Here since the Middle Ages”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

The older parts of the ramparts date back to the 12th century, built to defend Marrakech. The walls were later extended. Even nowadays the old city wall encircles the whole medina and is about 10 miles long. The ramparts are made of clay and chalk and because of the local materials used they have that reddish/pink colour. You can only observe the walls or walk around them, you cannot go on them.

Visited January 2012
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“Ancient Defensive Walls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

A caleche (horse drawn carriage) is the best way to circumnavigate the ramparts of the medina of Marrakech. This takes about an hour. Although prices are advertised in these carriages the visitor is advised to settle on the price before departure. We departed on the tour from Djemma al Fna, in front of the Club Mediterranee. It’s also useful to take a map with you, as although our driver spoke French his English was limited. He did point out the babs (gates) in the walls and explained where they led to.

The oldest parts of the ramparts of Marrakech date from the foundation of the city in the 12th century. In the 16th century they were extended to the south and north. Even nowadays the old city wall encircles the whole medina and is 19 to 20 km long, 2 metres thick and up to 9 metres high. The ramparts are made of pisé (red clay) and are reddish-pink in colour, spectacularly so at sunset. The ramparts have a lot of holes in them and (despite a certain amount of leg pulling by local people – where riflemen defended the ancient city, and homes for nesting pigeons and swifts – the truth is rather more prosaic: they are for wooden scaffolding in order to facilitate the constant repair of the ramparts themselves. The walls themselves cannot be walked on.

There are 19 babs in the ramparts. The oldest dates from the 12th century. Some of them are rather simple and plain, but others are really good examples of Moorish architecture. Perhaps the most beautiful and impressive city gate is Bab Agnaou, once the entrance to the Almohad Palace. It is beautifully decorated and is built of red and gray/blue sandstone and limestone. Bab Agnaou is at the southern entrance to the kasbah and nearby the El Mansour Mosque.

Visited May 2011
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