Musée de Marrakech

The local museum was amazing. Restored in 1997 to save the building from demolition. Above where I stood was a chandelier, twice my hight in length, and weighing half a ton. Once again this building contained huge amounts of colour, pattern and detail.

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The ceiling decorated with the most intricate pattern, all hand painted using natural dyes. Before being renovated the building was a palace to the Minister of Defence and his family and workers. The now tiled up court yard was once a garden.

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The museum displays embroidery work by the local woman.
Berber silver jewellery made by the Jewish, Silver brings good luck and keeps out the evil eye.
A display of tea pots and kettles to show how to make traditional Moroccan mint tea.
Daggers shown which were worn by the men as protection and to display ‘manhood’

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It was a beautiful place to sit and draw, there was so much to take in and absorb, I felt I could easily spend the whole day there. But there was no time for that!

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