Jemaa el-Fna

Tel: (212) 524-384-601

Address: Place Jemaa le Fna, Marrakech 40000, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Jemaa el-Fna, of which the origin of the name is unclear and people’s interpretation of it differs. Some say that it means "the Mosque at the End of the World", referring to an unfinished mosque that fell into ruins. Others say that it means“the assembly of the dead" or "the assembly of death", referring to public executions on the square in the mid-11th century.

Jemaa el-Fna is undoubtedly the busiest place in Marrakesh since the foundation of the city. It is full of hustle and bustle, especially at night. Besides story-tellers, there are also acrobats, mime artists and performers of traditional Berber music. There are even youths with chained Barbary apes and snake charmers, giving morally controversial performances.  

In the past, story-tellers were the predominant entertainer in the square. They told their tales and history interestingly and vividly, passing on the cultural heritage of the city. In 2001, the square, termed “cultural space”, was listed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.