Photographer's Note

The thousand and one nights of Jemaa el Fna.
At dinner time, the streets of Marrakech are thronged with people, mostly tourists, who respond to the appeal of exoticism of the city and its luxurious hotels and its history is unparalleled. All roads lead to monumental Jemaa el Fna square, the largest in Africa. The name means "House of the Dead" because it was here that executed criminals. But today, the vast square in Marrakech is buzzing with life. A constellation of white lights pointed out the food stalls, full of local and foreign clients, starving the exotic local cuisine, where everything you can find and enjoy.
The Jemaa el Fna, is a huge rectangular space, rough, surrounded by cafes with rooftop terraces and small hotels. The highest point around it is the minaret of the Koutoubia mosque, imposing in his seventy meters, which control the action in the square for more than eight centuries. Legend has it that, as the tower had a view of a harem, there could only muezzins blind rise.
Down here, there is a harem of madness. Simian tired antics make for tourists, of which seers only have eyes read warning signs in the hand of travelers, watermen dressed exuberantly volunteered to take a souvenir photo, young Berber try to charm a snake with a flute that makes them elderly deaf ears, boxers offer opportunity to face any opponent. We often see a tourist being pulled by the arm by a chef in white gown and the other by a street music, both wanting the customer to you and your money.
The square is a mix between fun fair, zoo and circus in which everything is allowed, nobody gets to the door, it is the whole world. After midnight, there is a rout. The monkeys come in cages, boxers pack their gloves, turns off the constellation of white lights, the sewers change of clothes. They are the visionaries, sitting on the shadow, as if to save the plaza. In less than an hour, dismantle the tent and circus disappears,Jemaa el Fna is dark and bare. For a few hours since, by the fresh morning, the square back to reinvent itself and open the door to receive the entire World.

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