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When you visit Marrakech you can't miss the famous Jemaa el-Fna square (or just "the square" as people of Marrakech say). This square and market place is in the south west of the medina quarter (the old part of Marrakech), between the souqs and the Koutoubia mosque. It was labeled as a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2001. Not because of its architecture, but because of the traditional activites you can see there. From the late morning to th afternoon the square is full with orange juice stalls, water sellers, snake charmers or monkey tamers (you can take photos but you will have to negociate !). As the evening comes, the entertainment on offer changes : the square fills with food-stalls and a lot of people come on the square to eat moroccan food, to see fire-eaters, acrobats, dancers, to listen the musicians and the storytellers or consult the soothsayers or the healers. You can also just play, as the people on the photo : they have to catch bottles by their neck using a rod with a rubber ring at its end. You close your eyes, you open your ears and your nostrils, and you feel like on an other planet, Marrakech planet !

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