The Casino du Marrakech, one of the smaller but
livelier casinos in the Mediterranean area, is located in the Essadi Hotel
in Marrakech, Morocco. It was opened in 1952 and has featured such stars as
Maurice Chevalier and Josephine Baker. A longstanding tradition of
presenting top-drawer entertainment, including the current hit revue "Les
Folies Berberes, " continues to draw crowds to the casino. Patrons may take
their chances at craps, blackjack, roulette, boule, chemin de fer
and other games.
Whatever their luck at the
gaming tables, Marrakech itself soon wins over visitors. Statesman Winston
Churchill found it a restful and sunny refuge from the rigors of war and
winter. Puffs from his perennial cigar often mingled with the fragrance of
orange blossoms and rosewater that permeates the night. Considered the jewel
of Morocco, Marrakech is an exotic city where there are many remarkable
experiences in store for travelers.
Centered in the Atlas mountains, Marrakech is
ringed by palm trees and olive groves. Although motorized vehicles have long
since replaced the camel caravans that wended their way through this ancient
city, it is still the gateway to the Sahara and Black Africa.
Much of the atmosphere of yesteryear lingers in the
Djemaa el Fna marketplace with its hundreds of colorful bazaars offering
goods of every description. In the afternoon the square becomes a circus of
snakes charmers, acrobats, jugglers and storytellers, all vying for
attention from passersby.
On the cultural
side, the architectural splendors of Islam gleam in the Bahia Palace, the
Saadi Tombs, the Koutoubia mosque and the El Badi Palace ruins. Magnificent
gardens enhance the beauty of these historic structures.
Not only in Marrakech, but also in such other major
Moroccan cities as Rabat (the capital), Casablanca and Tangier, tourism is
big business. Although it has become accustomed to Western ways, Morocco
remains a conservative country dominated by tradition and religion. It is
situated on the land and sea routes from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic
and on the crossroads between Europe and Africa. Morocco became an
independent nation in 1956 and has been a constitutional monarchy since
This coin 100 Dirhams was
made in 1980 by
Franklin Mint. This is the official gaming coins of the world's great casino
- issue number 24. The above information about the Casino and Hotel were valid in 1980.