Carole French

Language: English

Pages: 408

ISBN: 0756661978

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Using detailed maps, cutaways, floor plans and color Street Finder, navigate your way around the sprawling Medinas and magnificent ancient urban architecture while expert recommendations provide you with the best hotels, restaurants and nightlife. Soak up the endless flavors of the country with sights, beaches, markets and festivals listed region by region, town by town. And with special features explaining everything from the historic cultural mix of Berber, African and Arabic peoples, to details of the many ancient Kasbahs, mosques and colorful Souks, this comprehensive guide won't let you down.

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dancers and musicians from Morocco and elsewhere bring Moroccan folk traditions to life. Moussem of Setti Fatma. Pilgrimage Moussem of Dar Zhiroun, Moussem of Moulay Abdessalam ben Mchich, SUMMER 39 International Cultural Festival, Moussem of Moulay Bousselham. Religious festival, with music and festivities. Y E A R Camel race at the Sahraoui Festival in Agadir Religious festival in honour of St John the Baptist, the town’s principal saint, to whom Muslims, Jews and Christians all pray.

from the Europe- influence of these rivals, but the Conans, and maintained relations with the ference of Madrid of 1880 sanctioned courts of Europe. the intervention of foreign powers in After a period of instability, his Morocco. On his death, the country grandson, Sidi Mohammed ben Abd- was stable and the dynasty’s prestige allah, restored order, expelled the intact, but Morocco was weakened. ALAOUITE GREATNESS AND EXTERNAL THREATS French victory at the Battle of Isly, near Oujda, in 1844,

the shops of leatherworkers, jewellers and fabric merchants and of traders in all sorts of other goods. Rue Souïka 7 In the medina. Great Mosque ¢ to non-Muslims. Running southwest from Rue du Souk es-Sebat, Rue Souïka (Little Souk Street) is the main artery through the medina and also its most lively thoroughfare. Lined with all manner of small shops selling clothes, shoes, food, radios and cassettes, with restaurants and with spice merchants, the street throngs with people several times a

charge of the guard, the armouries and the billetting of the troops. Hassan Tower 9 Rue de la Tour Hassan. ¢ to the public. For more than eight centuries, the Hassan Tower has stood on the hill overlooking Wadi Bou Regreg. Best seen as one approaches Rabat by the bridge from Salé, it is one of the city’s most prestigious monuments and a great emblem of Rabat. It is the unfinished minaret of the Hassan Mosque, built by Yacoub el-Mansour in about 1196. The construction of this gigantic mosque, of

The Mausoleum of Sidi Mohammed ben Aïssa, in Meknès, contains the tomb of the holy man who founded the Aïssaoua “way”. The spectacular ceremonies of the Aïssaoua, involving banners, drums and incense, have always made a deep impression on foreigners in Morocco. This scene, entitled Les Aïssaouas, was painted by Georges Clairin (1843–1919). The Aïssaoua are always dressed in white. They have a fear of black. Like the Hamadcha, the Aïssaoua are a popular brotherhood because of some of their

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