Dar Cherifa is a true Medina Masterpiece. One of the great Riads in Marrakech. I went for a cup of tea there yesterday and I’m always amazed by the architectural refinement of this 16th Century jewel. It lies in the Mouassine quarter at the heart of the great Souks.
Restored in 2000 by the owner, Abdellatif Ait Ben Abdullah, Dar Cherifa looks today much like it would have done four hundred years ago. It retains the extraordinary carved cedar wood panelling around the four internal facades. They carry Coranic inscriptions, attesting to the original vocation of this holy house.
The plasterwork is beautiful. The scalloping is typical of the Saadien epoque in Marrakech architecture and this is a very fine example.
This gorgeous Riad is now a restaurant and a cultural centre. Abdellatif is a great patron of the arts and he hosts many and varied events, from traditional Gnaoua music to contemporary photographic exhibitions. Yesterday I was priviledged to meet with three world-renowned Calligraphers from Palestine and Syria. All the events hosted at Dar Cherifa are free of charge and open to everybody. If you would like to be informed of up-coming events then just mail Abdellatif and ask to go on his mailing list. firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s such a cool place to stop for a cup of tea or a traditional Moroccan meal. There’s a lovely terrace with a great view of the Kotoubia Mosque. The whole atmosphere is one of tranquil contemplation. If you visit, ask for Abdellatif by name – he is often there and would be happy to explain to you the long and surprising history of this wonderful house.
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