Photographer's Note

‘Marrakech - The red jewel’

With 200 towers and 20 gates, Marrakech's pinkish-red walls and ramparts stretch for almost 20 kilometers.
The walls are built from a mixture of mud, straw and lime (known as pisé).
When this mixture is dry, it has become as hard as brick. The pink-red colour of the walls is a result of pigments in the local earth.

The colour varies depending on the time of the day and of course the weather.
This picture is taken with a setting sun behind me which makes that the walls and the buildings become fiery red.
The gate you see is the Bab el Djedid. Behind the walls you find the modern Hôtel la Mamounia, built in the traditional style as many new buidlings in Marrakech.

Sometimes Marrakech is called ‘the jewel of the south’.
At that time of the day it’s a red jewel.

This is my second bookmark I made from a pic of my Morocco series.
I hope you aren’t bored yet …

In the workshop another picture of the walls, taken at the same hour.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3917 W: 17 N: 8932] (37466)
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