Magical Morocco

This mysterious country – Edith Wharton’s “In Morocco”, a look at the movie Casablanca – or any Indiana Jones film, for that matter, will give you a small whiff of this exotic place.  The stuff of dreams unlike anything you’ve experienced.  We recently took a 13 day tour of the lovely country of Morocco.  

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The country abounds with Mosques – waiting to welcome the faithful to participate in prayer.  The call to prayer is heard five times each day from the local mosque.   The temple of worship shown above lets people know the direction of their prayer – East and was our first visit – below is the beautiful, recently completed mosque in Casablanca.

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Visiting the ancient ruins of the Chellah – once occupied by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians – founders of several Moroccan colonies.  The site of Roman town Sala Colonia –  excavations show an important port city with ruined Roman architecture.

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DSC_0795 Elements including a principal Roman way – a “decumanus maximus” a forum and a triumphal arch. Chellah was a center of Christianity since the second century.One of the two main Roman roads streched to the Atlantic.
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The Moroccans employ the color blue – some might call it lapis blue – in small towns across the country.  It is thought to keep away insects – and seen here in the charming towns of Essaouira and a Fez cemetery.  

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While mosquitoes swarm near water, they actually don’t like clear flowing water.  maybe the Moroccans know something…?

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The blue walls are also said to have been introduced to the town by Jewish refugees in 1930, who considered blue to symbolize the sky and heaven

Another stop was at the Roman town of Volubilis – a partly excavated city & built in a fertile agricultural area, it was developed from the 3rd century BC onwards as a Phoenician settlement.  It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD onwards and expanded – covering 100 acres with over 1 mile of walls.  The wealth of the townspeople derived from olive-growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors and supported public buildings.

 

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The Roman ruins and the tales they leave behind continue to fascinate as they stretch out across the African continentour trip to Morocco continues


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