MACAAL: MATERIAL INSANITY EXPOSURE

Located at the Golf Al Madeen, the MACAAL Museum opened more then a year ago and is already considered one of a major exhibition space in Marrakech! Gathering more than 30 artists from the continent and its diaspora, Material Insanity explores the material and its symbolic significance in a plurality of dimensions and formal experiences. Through installations made from everyday objects or materials, the exhibition combines various discourses in the service of a new aesthetic.

With an immersive scenography created by the architect and artist Zineb Andress Arraki, the artworks of Material Insanity question the relationship between form and meaning, while sublimating the potentialities of the medium itself.

RAMPARTS AND WALLS OF MARRAKECH

What is most striking when approaching the medina of Marrakech is the incredible color of its walls, a warm pink due to the clayey soil of which they are made.
It’s called pisé, and it is an ancient construction technique that today is not completely gone and indeed, it is arousing new interest in the field of eco-sustainable buildings.
Their construction began in 1062, when the Almoravids established the camp in the oasis between the desert and the Atlantic, where the trans-Saharan caravans stopped to stock up on the waters of the Ourika. The position was also coveted by the neighboring tribes, so that the Sultan Youssef ben-Tachfine then, to protect the city that was being born from raids and raids, ordered the construction of the beauty of nineteen kilometers of walls, strengthened by more than two hundred bastions and with access doors, which after about ten centuries of honorable service still stand today very nobly in their place: Bab Aghmat, Bab Agnaou, Bab Ahmar, Bab Aylen, Bab Berrima, Bab Doukkala, Bab Ech Charia, Bab Ed Debbagh, Bab El Jdid, Bab El Khémis, Bab El Makhzen, Bab El Raha, Bab Er Rharaza, Bab Er Robb, Bab Fteuh, Bab Ighli, Bab Ksiba, Bab Nkob, Bab Taghzout
Don’t rack your brains on the aesthetic meaning of the holes !! They are made to circulate the air and dispose of the humidity that could crumble the earth of which the walls are made, and are also used to hold the scaffolding necessary for maintenance !!

SAADIAN TOMBS

Located next to the mosque of the Kasbah, the Saadian tombs are one of the only remains of the Saadian dynasty that reigned over the golden age of Marrakech between 1524 to 1659. In the early 18th century, Sultan Moulay Ismail had indeed decided to remove all traces of the magnificence of this dynasty by demanding the destruction of all remaining vestiges. He dared not, however, commit the sacrilege of destroying their burials and ordered that the entrance to the necropolis should be completed. The secret remained well kept until 1917, date of the rediscovery of the site of the Saadian tombs.

Although this royal necropolis was used from the beginning of the 14th century, its splendor dates back to the 16th century with the burial of Prince Mohamed Sheikh in 1557. His son Ahmed El Mansour, also known as Ahmed “the Walleye”, had it enlarged and embellished the site by building the koubba “Lalla Mesouada” from his mother’s name. Lalla Messaouda was buried there in 1591 as well as the 3 successors of the sultan.

The most prestigious mausoleum is the Hall of Twelve Columns. This hall houses the tomb of Sultan son Ahmed El Mansour. The cedar ceilings and stucco are finely worked, the burials are made of Carrara marble. Some tombs carry a poetic epitaph. That of Princess Zorha is magnificent: “Here is the tomb of the noble lady, new moon, marvel of virtues.” The visit of the different mausoleums is done through a minimalist garden nestling between different buildings. For an enlightened visit of the Saadian tombs, it is advisable to take an accredited tour guide. The visit lasts a maximum of 30 minutes.

Source: http://www.tombeaux-saadiens.com

MARRAKECH – RIAD MIRAL ROYAL PACKAGE

PRICE – € 1200.00 A COUPLE
CONTACT US TO RECEIVE FURTHER INFORMATION – info@riadmiral.com – Whatsapp +212659306662

GENERAL PROGRAM

DAY 1 – Meeting at the airport based on the flight operation with driver and a member of the Riad Miral staff. Transfer to the Riad, processing of check-in and customer reception formalities (explanation of the map of Marrakech, tea and Moroccan pastry as a welcome). First city tour to discover the Medina, dinner at the Riad.
DAY 2 – Breakfast and guided tour of the city accompanied by a local guide in Italian (visit to the Bahia Palace, visit of the Badii Palace, visit of the Saadian Tombs, visit of the Jamaa and Fna Square, of the great Koutoubia Mosque and its gardens, visit of the souk of artisans). Free time for shopping and dinner.
DAY 3 – Private tour in the desert of Merzouga (LUXURY treatment) departing from the Riad at 08:00.
DAY 4 – Merzouga desert tour
DAY 5 – Merzouga desert tour and return to the Riad around 19:00
DAY 6 – Free day for further autonomous visits (Area: Medina Alta – Museum of Confluences, the house of photography, Madrasa Ben Youssef, Qubba Almoravide, Secret Gardens, Mouassine Museum). In the afternoon, don’t miss the opportunity to admire the magic of the Jamaa El Fna square, on the terraces of one of the most famous and historic coffee shops in Marrakech or enjoy a moment of relaxation in the traditional Hammams.
DAY 7 – Full-day group excursion (Ozoud Falls, Essaouira, Ourika). Departure around 8:00 am, return to Marrakech around 7:00 pm.
DAY 8 – Breakfast and check-out procedures. Return.

MARRAKECH BALLOONING

DAY TRIP – for more information contact us – info@riadmiral.com

The 4×4 maximum of four people awaits you at Riad Miral early in the morning. The route to the flight area of Ciel d’Afrique is partly run on runways. A good Moroccan tea will be served. Hot air ballooning is only done at sunrise to be totally safe. While waiting for your balloon to be ready, you will be able to attend the fast operations of preparation of the hot-air balloons planned for this morning. In the basket, a safety briefing will be given, then a flight of between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on the safety conditions, including a first part at high altitude to enjoy the panorama of the whole region (in depending on the weather conditions), then a second part at low altitude to enjoy the view of the villages, Jbilet mountains, farms, domestic and wild fauna. Recovery by 4×4 pursuits after landing, hosting under the Caidal Tent for a typical Berber breakfast prepared by the women of Douar (Village) Oulad El Garn (except ROYAL flight or breakfast is taken on board). Handing over a flight certificate, visiting a shop and then returning to your place of residence.

HIGHLIGHTS

Moroccan tea and coffee
Flight between 40 and 60 minutes with free Wi-Fi on board
Berber breakfast under caidal tent
Aero shop access
Delivery of a flight certificate

OUARZAZATE

PRIVATE DAY TRIP – for more information contact us – info@riadmiral.com

Start your day trip at 07:00 with pick up at Riad Miral. Jump in your air-conditioned car and contemplate the wonderful landscape while traveling in the Atlas Mountains. Learn more about life in mountain villages and cross Tizi n’Tichka, a mountain pass at an altitude of over 2,260m. The trip takes about 3 hours in each direction. Make a first stop at the summit of Tizi n’Tichka, then at the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou (UNESCO world heritage site) and finally in Ouarzazate, nicknamed Hollywood of Africa. Then return to Marrakech, where you will be dropped off at Riad Miral around 19:30.

HIGHLIGHTS

route-Tizi-N-TichkaTIZI N’TICHKA

Between Marrakech and Ouarzazate, the Tizi N’Tichka road is undoubtedly among the most beautiful in Morocco. Discover with us this extraordinary journey and its spectacular landscapes. About 200 kilometers long, this road crosses the High Atlas, on a peak at 2260 meters above sea level, the Tizi N’Tichka road offers breathtaking views of almost desert landscapes: the Wadi Tensift Valley to the north, the Ounila Valley South.

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DAQQA MARRAKCHIA…WHAT IS IT!?

It is the musical signature of Marrakech as it’s an integral part of the oral cultural heritage of the ocher city. The tanners gave the origin of this tradition that goes back to the Saadian dynasty, the rhythm of this music reminding their daily tanning work. The Daqqa is an exclusively male musical style, played on percussion instruments, mainly the taarija and the t-tara and the kraks. This traditional and popular music is mainly played at the Ashura celebration (10th day of the Muslim New Year). To mark its 10th anniversary, the Maison de la Photographie celebrates this musical heritage of Marrakech on 31st May on the Jamaa El Fna square. SAVE THE DATE!

Source: le carnets de voyage