The city of Marrakech and its surroundings are a center of spirituality and popular beliefs. The Saints (in Arabic the Wali Allah) there are many, but the best known are the number of September This is explained by the fact that the number seven has a special every virtue in Islam, he recalled that among other heaven is the number of 7. the saints of Islam are of two kinds: the serious saints or scholars saints subjects hagiographies and popular saints or holy people who have only a historical reality quite difficult to grasp. The Seven Saints of Marrakech, usually called Sabaâtou Rijal (Sept men) are considered serious saints. They were pious men, the great mystics or famous theologians. Some of them have left reputable scientific works whose quality is recognized. The cult whose Seven Saints enjoy is not very old. It was officially established in the seventeenth century, coinciding with the appearance of maraboutism in Morocco that will dominate the countryside and penetrate even in cities.
Marrakech is first with Fez, founded a rival two centuries earlier, the historic heart of Morocco. Marrakech (was also the name given to the whole country, before one prefers its Spanish strain (Marruecos and therefore Morocco).
It is strategically located near the Atlantic coast, not so far from the Sahara, and at the foot of the Atlas mountains that provide drinking water. The city acquired during many centuries the historical status of the southern capital Maghreb. In 1062, Youssef ben Tachfin seizes Fes, Meknes and Taza. In 1086, he landed in Algeciras and extends its empire to Lisbon and Toledo. His son Ali (1107-1144), who succeeded him at 23, around Marrakech a real adobe ramparts, pierced by monumental gates.
Later, Ibn Tumart, Dynasty Almohad shocked by pomp courses that preceded it and the religious decline of the kingdom, preaching reform for the restoration of a pure faith. With a few companions, he founded a brotherhood called the Almohad. Then come the Saadian dynasty and the period of the protectorate and independence.
Whenever we go somewhere on this planet, there is always local products, “memories” sold to tourists. Most often, these products “typical”, representative of a unique expertise that is not found elsewhere.
Marrakech is a city well known for its handicrafts, but also for its tourist appeal … The handicraft products are highly sought after, Marrakech and exports much of its production abroad. Overall, most of the artisanal production is sold either abroad or to foreigners, Moroccan representing only a third of sales.
We can say that this is normal, once you have purchased your pottery, carpets or your handbags, you do not need to buy every year … Without going to say that everything is 100 Moroccan%, we can say that most of what we find for sale Marrakech is a local production. Of course, some elements used to make an object may be industrially produced abroad, such as zippers, buttons or even the thread, but this does not diminish the quality craftsmanship of the object.