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110209MarrakechMoroccoTripMP1467

SHOT 11/3/09 7:16:54 AM - The Jewish Cemetery in the Mellah in Marrakech, Morocco. The Marrakesh mellah dates from the 1550's, as noted on the door to the Jewish cemetery. Unlike the Moslem old city or medina, the mellah has many three story buildings towering over narrow streets, reflecting the crowded conditions of the many Jews who lived there until the 1960's. Synagogues were once found on every street, but only a few remain in operation.Marrakech or Marrakesh, Morocco, known as the "Red City", is an important and former imperial city in Morocco. It has a population of 1,070,838 (as of 2004), and is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Like many North African and Middle Eastern cities, Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city (the médina) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz). Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. By night, the square turns into food stalls, becoming a huge open-air restaurant. Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco is a country located in North Africa with a population of nearly 32 million people and an area just under 173,000 squrare miles..(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)

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SHOT 11/3/09 7:16:54 AM - The Jewish Cemetery in the Mellah in Marrakech, Morocco. The Marrakesh mellah dates from the 1550's, as noted on the door to the Jewish cemetery. Unlike the Moslem old city or medina, the mellah has many three story buildings towering over narrow streets, reflecting the crowded conditions of the many Jews who lived there until the 1960's. Synagogues were once found on every street, but only a few remain in operation.Marrakech or Marrakesh, Morocco, known as the "Red City", is an important and former imperial city in Morocco. It has a population of 1,070,838 (as of 2004), and is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Like many North African and Middle Eastern cities, Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city (the médina) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz). Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. By night, the square turns into food stalls, becoming a huge open-air restaurant. Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco is a country located in North Africa with a population of nearly 32 million people and an area just under 173,000 squrare miles..(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)