On our short visit to the capital of Morocco, we briefly stopped in front of the Royal Palace, shown in today’s photos. This palace is one of the more beautiful buildings in the wonderful city of Rabat. The guards at the gate shown in the photo above seemed not be too concerned about a small group of Australian and English tourists snapping away happily with their cameras. The probably knew our guide; he seemed to know everyone else.
The gate itself is just another magnificent example of the stunning mosaics of Morocco. Wherever we went we saw many examples of this fine art. It was hard not to take dozens of photos of each example; observing my wife in action, I think she did.
After our short stay in Casablanca we travelled by mini-bus on to the ancient city of Rabat. This city is one of great contrasts, with the old fortified walls surrounding the old city, while nearby modern buildings show a thriving, modern city as the administrative centre of Morocco as well as being the capital city.
Over the coming days I’ll show a selection of photos taken during our short visit to Rabat.
On our first full day of our tour of Morocco in 2011 we visited the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Normally I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit a mosque, but I am so pleased that we were able to spend some time in this amazing building. Over recent days I have shared many of the photos taken during that visit and today I have another set of them. The photos can never do justice to the artistry and amazing architectural design, nor does it adequately show the enormous size of this structure. They claim that it cope accommodate 25,000 worshippers at the one time, and I can well believe it.
The enormous mosque in Casablanca is one of the most beautiful and magnificent buildings I’ve ever seen. The sheer size of the building is the first thing that impresses the visitor when even a hundred metres away. As you approach it, the building looms elegantly into the sky, and upon entering the main hall, the enormous structure takes one’s breath away.
That is not the end of it. Everywhere you look the stunning artistry and amazing architectural design is mesmerising. No wonder I took so many photos during our brief stay. I’ll share some more tomorrow.
The massive columns in the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco display amazing artwork like that shown in the photograph above. When enlarged (see below) the artistry is enhanced even further. It creates a truly amazing beauty.