Bab Agnaou – Marrakesh Black and White

One of the 20 gates in Marrakesh, this 12th-century ‘gate of the Gnaoua’ (named for the sub-Saharan slaves who served the sultan) was one of the first stone monuments in Marrakesh and a triumph of Marrakshi artisanship. From afar the bas-relief appears much deeper than it actually is, due to a sophisticated trompe l’oeil effect. The bluish-gold-green colour of its Guéliz stone seems to change like a mood ring according to the time of the day, the heat and, perhaps, the city’s disposition.

Bab Agnaou Marrakesh

Bab Agnaou Marrakesh


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