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‘Marrakech - The tables are set’

Djemaa el Fna, the main square in the medina of Marrakesh, is famous for the large number of spectacles going on all day.
Perfomers of every kind put up their shows: musicians, dancers, story-tellers, snake charmers, men with chained Barbary apes and water sellers in their colourful costumes fill the square.

When the night falls Djemaa el Fna becomes more crowded and dozens of food-stalls move in.
Then it’s time to enjoy culinary delights as goat heads and hot and tasty snails.

In 2001 UNESCO added the Djemaa el Fna to the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Square does shelter a rich oral and intangible tradition.

The picture is taken from a terrace of one of the many restaurants around the square. The foreground shows the food stalls with steam rising from some of them.
On the background in the middle you can find the Argana Restaurant where a bomb, left in a bag, exploded on April 28, 2011 (15 days after this picture was taken). The bombing killed 17 people while at least 25 others were injured. A sad day for this square and for Marrakech where Moroccans and tourists do meet already for many years.

But people continue visiting Marrakech. Traditional activities keep going on on Djemaa el Fna that remains the most important square of the city, used equally by locals and tourists.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2232 W: 17 N: 4776] (21261)
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