H-Bomb’s Friday Photo, week 33: a riotous marketplace in Marrakesh

Welcome to what, in the Northern Hemisphere, is the first Friday of autumn! (And if you’re reading this from below the equator, happy first Friday of the spring!) Fresh off my appearance this month as a quiz show contestant, I’ve registered to audition in early October for another game show: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Wish me luck with that!

As that audition approaches, I’ll have to fill out the written application and brush up on my trivia. But I’ll get to that stuff later. Right now, it’s time for another featured image from my travels. Our newest photo of the week comes from Morocco, and specifically from the city of Marrakesh. With a population of just over 900,000, Marrakesh is the fourth-largest city in Morocco; historically it often served as the capital of the Moroccan Kingdom. (Today, the capital city of Morocco is Rabat.)

The focal point of Marrakech’s medina (old city) is its vast central square and open-air marketplace that’s called the Jemaa el Fna. That square is well-known as a symbol of the city. Most notably perhaps, it appeared in several scenes in the great Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). Here’s a view looking towards the Jemaa el Fna at dusk:


Rising up in the background is the minaret of the Koutoubia mosque. As you can see, the marketplace pulses with activity after the sun goes down; at that time it fills with stalls peddling street food and produce. If you look closely, you can see steam rising up from some of those stalls.

This photo was taken during my visit to Morocco in February 2011.

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2 thoughts on “H-Bomb’s Friday Photo, week 33: a riotous marketplace in Marrakesh

  1. W.C.B.F.F.

    Nice pic Harvey! When I viewed the full-size version, I almost felt like I was shopping there myself. I love this time of day to take photos. You know what caught my eye? The neon sign alerting shoppers to the direction of the payphone : ).

    Despite the risk of sounding simple, I will ask the following anyway: Why do you refer to this marketplace as riotous?


    • @W.C.B.F.F.: I couldn’t help noticing the payphone sign myself. 🙂 And as you’ve probably noticed, dusk and night are my favorite times to take photos. 🙂

      I used the word “riotous” here in the sense of “very exciting, fun, or full of energy” — not in the sense of the alternative definition of that word that connotes public disorder. 🙂


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