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"Place el Hadim" Morocco Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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Place el Hadim in Meknès originally formed the western corner of the medina. However, sultan Moulay Ismail demolished many houses in order to form a grand approach to his palace. Bab Mansour is located on the square's southeast side, and the entrance to the souq is opposite, on its northwest side.

Nowadays, Place el Hadim, which means "Square of Destruction", is the main square of Meknès, and the center of the city's social activity. Place el Hadim is reminiscent of the larger Djemmaa el Fna in Marrakech, but is not as large, loud, or busy. There are street musicians, dancers, story tellers, traditional medicine physicians, and snake charmers who cater more to the locals out for a stroll than to foreign visitors.

Visitors can check out the shops that surround the square, have a mint tea at one of the outdoor cafes, or get something to eat. There are few true restaurants around the square, but mainly food stalls where people can by snacks such as barbequed chicken or kebabs.

Directions: Place el Hadim is opposite the Bab Mansour, in the center of Meknès.

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  • Updated Dec 12, 2010
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