Two architects assessed the damage in Marrakesh's historic medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Morocco. Some parts of the old city sustained significant destruction, with rubble and crumpled buildings. The architect noted that the dilapidated state, composition, age, and lack of maintenance of the structures contributed to the damage. Buildings that preserved ancestral building techniques fared better than those with a mix of old and new reinforced concrete structures. The city's ancient adobe or mud brick buildings are more fragile, especially in the event of rain. Marrakesh is a popular tourist destination, attracting 4.3 million visitors in the first half of 2021.
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