National Geographic : 1932 Mar
00 Photograph by Flandrin ALL MOROCCO COMES TO BUY AND BE ENTERTAINED AT MARRAKECH Crowds gather in Djemaa El Fna Square during daylight hours. They form circles around the publicentertainers, who have plied their trade here from generation to generation. Snake charmers, dancers and musicians, story tellers, vegetable venders, and all the curious market folk typical ofMorocco attract the seething throng. The Koutoubia, that famous minaret built by Spanish prisoners to celebrate theirown defeat byElMansour atAlarcos, broods over the square. When it was erected, 800 years ago, it was found that an observer could view the inner courts and ladies' quarters ofthe surrounding houses; whereupon the Sultan required that its muezzin be blind.