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Morocco Trip 2012

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1: MOROCCO | Is located in north Africa. The major cities I visited were, Rabat, which is the Capital, Fes, Erfoud, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Casablanca, the largest city. | CHICAGO | PARIS | CASABLANCA

2: The Royal Palace, known as Dar-El-Makhzen was built in 1864. The grounds are surrounded by a fortified wall. On the grounds is the King's mosque, known as Ahl-Fas Mosque where the King leads prayers on Fridays. | ROYAL PALACE RABAT


5: CHELLA | The Chella is the site of the Roman town of Sala Colonia which was abandon in 1154 AD. In the mid 14th century, it became a necropolis (cemetery). Sultan Abu-I-Hasan built the main gate and the mosque.

8: Oudaya Kasbah | Built in 1150 AD on the banks of the Bou Regreg river, opposite the city of Sale. This fort was used to protect against pirates.The cafe overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

11: Yocoub al Mansour Esplanade contains the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and a Mosque.

12: HASSAN TOWER is a minaret for an unfinished mosque begun in 1195 AD. The tower is 44 meters (144 feet) tall. When Yacoub Al Mansour died construction stopped. There remains several walls and 200 columns. The tower is made of sandstone. The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is opposite the tower.

15: Bab Mansour El Alj Gate in Meknes erected by El Mansour, a Christian renagade who converted to Islam. the gate was completed in 1732. The columns came from the Roman City of Volubilis

19: VOLUBILIS An exceptionally well preserved Roman City from the 1st Century A.D. It contains a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Many fine mosaics are located in the ruins of homes and public buildings.

21: FES is the 2nd largest city in Morocco. The medina, Fes el-Bali is the world's largest contiguous car free urban area. The University of al-Karaorune founded in 859 AD is located in the medina as is the tomb of Moulay Idiss II the founder of the city of FES

22: Fes Medina

24: The Tannery in the Fes Medina

25: A former school in the Fes Medina

26: Aben Danan a restored 17th Century Synagogue in Fes | Royal Palace in Fes

27: Pottery Factory

28: On the road to Erfoud

29: Kasba Rissani is a vast uncompleted Royal Palace for the Alaouite Sultans

30: Mausoleum of Mulay Ali Sharif


32: Desert Sunrise

33: Fossil Factory in Erfoud


35: Kasbah Taourint in Ouarzazate

36: Atlas Studio where the movies Gladiator, Kundo, part of Spy Game , Mel Gibson's Passion and a 007 movie were filmed

37: An Italian film studio in Ouarzazate. Most of the movies made here were Biblical.

39: Kasbah Telouet the residence of the Glaoui family, one of the most influential families in this region. Construction began in the early 20th century but was never completed. It has an amazing view of the mountains and inside large state rooms with zellij tiles. | Kashab Telouet

40: The zellij tiles of Kasbah Telouet

41: Kasar Alt Ben-Haddou This is an outstanding example of earthen construction typical in southern Morocco. This fortified village has only 10 families still living in it.

43: Bahia Palace in Marrakesh Construction began in1859 by Si Moussa and was finished by his son Ba Ahmed. Both were grand vizirs (advisers) to the sultan. | The courtyard was part of the first construction and is exquisite with its marble, cedar and tile. The second part is hastily built and has uninspired detail work.

44: Saadian Tombs contain the remains of the Saadi Dynasty late 1500 to early 1600. The tombs are made of Italian Carrara marble. Inside are the royality and outside are soldiers and officials.

45: Koutoubia Minaret is the largest in Marrakesh at 253 feet tall. Built in the 12 Century it is the second Mosque built on this site. The first was 5 degrees misaligned with Mecca. This Mosque is worse at 10 degrees off alignment. | Also known as the booksellers mosque because it is located near an area of book sellers.. This mosque was the model for the Hassan tower in Rabat

47: Making Couscous above and fine dining below.

48: Marrakesh Medina

50: Jardin de Menara A summer retreat for the sultans built in the mid 19th century. surrounded by olive groves and a reflecting pond. The building is a little rundown and appears to have been burglarized.

51: Majorelle Gardens Designed by the artist Jacquis Majorelle in 1920. The color blue is named after him. Yves St. Laurent a former owner had his ashes scattered in the garden.

52: Marrakesh Museum housed in the Dar Menebhi Palace has a notable courtyard and a unique chandelier-esque.

53: Marrakesh Market Square


57: Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral Casablanca

58: Hassan II Mosque 7th largest mosque in the world it holds 25,000 worshipers inside and 80,000 outside. Built partially over the Atlantic Ocean. The Minaret is 210 meters tall.

60: Hussan II Mosque Casablanca

63: Rick's Cafe | Old Medina Tower

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