The amazing Kingdom of Morocco – its sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea and waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the bustling oriental bazaars, medieval medinas, blue houses, and terracotta fortresses, neighborhoods of artisans, endless dunes of the Sahara, and luxurious palaces. We tell you what to see in Morocco.
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
The main attraction of Casablanca is one of the most memorable and beautiful mosques in the world, named after King Hassan II. Its 210-meter high, snow-white minaret rises majestically over the stormy Atlantic Ocean. The temple is considered the third largest in the world because the number of worshipers here at the same time exceeds a hundred thousand people.
Nine hectares of land is occupied by a huge mosque complex, half of which is literally above the ocean, on a wide platform, reinforced with pylons. At high tide, it feels as if the temple is floating on crystal water. And on top of the minaret is a powerful searchlight that illuminates the path of the ships for 30 km.
The Uzud Falls, located in the High Atlas Mountains, is 110 meters high and are of incredible beauty. There are viewing platforms on all sides of it, where you can enjoy the most beautiful wonder of nature while enjoying the falling water.
Uzud has three cascades, which are almost 2 km above sea level. From the native language the word “Uzud” translates as “Oliva” or “Cover of lovers”. The waterfall is surrounded on all sides by equally attractive mountains shrouded in greenery.
The Sahara Desert in Merzouga
The name of the world’s most famous desert, which has become a symbol of Africa, was on everyone’s lips. The Sahara occupies part of the area of more than 10 states, which includes Morocco.
Many tourists, going to this wonderful place, imagine endless seas of sand, shimmering in the bright, scorching sun, but such dunes can not be found everywhere. Most of the desert is dry land and rocks.
In the Moroccan village of Merzouga, 35 km southeast of Rissani, tourists can enjoy rare views of the Sahara. Here the highest dunes can reach 150 meters in height.
Bahia Palace in Marrakech
The jewel of Morocco, called Bahia Palace, perfectly combines elements of oriental architecture and natural surroundings. On the outside, the architectural landmark resembles a simple box, in which, surprisingly, real wealth and luxury are hidden.
Each hall of the palace is filled with a special beauty and incredible energy, distinguished from the rest by its phenomenal decoration and style. The inner courtyard of Bahia is astonishing in its scale. There are gardens and fountains on the vast grounds, and there is even a swimming pool in the center of the courtyard. The date of the mansion’s foundation is 1900.
Old Town in Chefchaouen
Painted blue, Chefchaouen is rightly considered the most beautiful Medina in the country. Walking through the streets of the Old City, you can understand that every residential building is different from the rest with its blue hue. The houses here are like snowflakes – no two are alike.
The medina was built in the style of Spanish Andalusia. For decades, the city was considered a sacred place where non-believers were forbidden to come. That is why today’s Chavin, as Chefchaouen is also called, has retained its original medieval appearance.
Moroccan Mosques, Minarets and Madrassas
Morocco is a deeply religious country, with the overwhelming majority of its population practicing Sunni Islam. Therefore, mosques are the main places of worship in the country. However, they are such that even a non-believer would open his mouth upon seeing them.
Al-Qutubiyah Mosque in Marrakech
One of the greatest architectural landmarks of Africa is rightly considered a mosque Al-Qutubiya, about which many peoples of the legends, and the whole structure is shrouded in mystery and gloom. By the way, in Russian I, ts name is translated from Arabic as “library”, “bor ookshop”. The date of the foundation of the shrine is considered to be 1147.
African mosque is decorated with five domes and the oldest 77-meter minaret, which serves as a beacon for tourists, which can be seen from every corner of Marrakech. Only Muslims can visit inside, but for travelers, this is no reason to be upset, as the beautiful gardens enveloping the shrine are worthy of everyone’s attention.
Hassan Minaret in Rabat
The history of the greatest structure in the capital Rabat dates back to the distant XI century when Emir Yaqub al-Mansur planned to create the highest minaret in the world and a unique mosque that was able to accommodate the entire army of the ruler. The large-scale historical events radically changed the history of the construction of the Islamic complex.
Having been erected to a height of 44 meters, the construction of the mosque stopped after the death of the emir, and half a millennium later, most of the structure was destroyed due to a strong earthquake. Today visitors can enjoy an architectural landmark that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages.
The Madrasa of Bou Inania in Fez
Not far from the gate of Bab Boujeloud is the only Muslim shrine in Morocco that functioned as a communal mosque. It is also known among the people around it as an example of the highest achievement in the history of Marinist and Moroccan architecture, and therefore visitors to the city do not bypass it.
The Madrasa Bou Inania used to be a Muslim religious school. On its façade, you can see a system of unique water clocks, and in the center of the structure is a large marble fountain. Particular attention in the temple building should be paid to the walls decorated with mosaics, as well as the carved cedar ceiling, which resembles a seashell.