Morocco, Maroc, Marrakech, Jemaa el Fna

Jemaa el-Fna (en arabe : جامع الفناء, littéralement en français : « assemblée des trépassés ») est une place située à Marrakech à côté de la mosquée Koutoubia. Ce haut-lieu touristique attire sans cesse plus d'un million de visiteurs venus pour assister aux spectacles animés par les charmeurs de serpents, les dresseurs de singes, les conteurs, les musiciens et d'autres artistes populaires (jeux, dessin au henné, etc...) du début de soirée jusqu'à l'appel de la prière de l'aube. « L'espace culturel de la place Jemaa el-Fna » a été inscrit par l'UNESCO en 2001 en tant que patrimoine culturel immatériel de l'humanité1. Elle se distingue aussi par des orateurs qui racontent des histoires ou vantent les mérites de produits magiques. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jemaa_el-Fna http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jemaa_el-Fnaa The place remains the main square of Marrakesh, used by locals and tourists. During the day it is predominantly occupied by orange juice stalls, youths with chained Barbary apes, water sellers in colourful costumes with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups, and snake charmers who will pose for photographs for tourists.[4] As the day progresses, the entertainment on offer changes: the snake charmers depart, and late in the day the square becomes more crowded, with Chleuh dancing-boys (it would be against custom for girls to provide such entertainment), story-tellers (telling their tales in Berber or Arabic, to an audience of appreciative locals), magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As darkness falls, the square fills with dozens of food-stalls as the number of people on the square peaks. Steam rising from food stalls The square is edged along one side by the Marrakesh souk, a traditional North African market catering both for the common daily needs of the locals, and for the tourist trade. On other sides are hotels and gardens and cafe terraces offering an escape from the noise and confusion of the square. Narrow streets lead into the alleys of the medina quarter, the old city. Once a bus station, the place was closed to vehicle traffic in the early 2000s. The authorities are well aware of its importance to the tourist trade, and a strong but discreet police presence ensures the safety of visitors.