For a trip to Morocco, casablanca is a city that no one wants to miss, both as a tourist destination and as a transit point.
On November 26, 1942 in the United States released “casablanca” (also known as “casablanca”) is popular all over the world, in 1982 by Betty higgins’s “casablanca” to make the eyes of people around the world once again the focus on the city, I was particularly memorable that: we hid in the shadow, the spotlight can’t reflected the Moroccan moonlight in your eyes.
But what attracted me to casablanca in the end was nothing to do with the film. It was so far away from my time, and the reason why I took this trip to north Africa was entirely due to my yearning for the Sahara and my worship of the late idol sanmao.
Based on this sentiment, I was supposed to be the ayoun headed for western Sahara, which is not part of Morocco but is controlled by Morocco. The complicated relationship of history could not be ignored in my travel notes, and I finally started my “budget tour” to north Africa from casablanca.
This ancient city on Morocco’s western Atlantic coast is the most “modern” city in Morocco, with more western-style buildings than any other. It was also Morocco’s largest port city, a trading center in Carthage, ancient Rome and berber times. In the 7th century, the berbers established a city here, originally called anfa.
In 1575, the city was captured by the Portuguese and renamed casa branca. In the middle of the 18th century, the Arab Kings of Morocco began to rebuild the city, building magnificent mosques and shrines, and giving it a new name, darbaida, which means “White House.”
In the late 18th century, Spain invaded and translated it as casablanca.
The city, which has a long and troubled history, was not only invaded by western countries, but also abandoned by a major earthquake.
When Morocco became independent, the city returned to its mother like a lost child. Today it is the country’s economic center and transportation hub, known as the “lung of Morocco” and the “bride of the Atlantic.”
As the city was occupied by western countries, under the influence of western culture, the architectural pattern of the city combines the style of national and western cultures. The city is divided into two parts: old and new. The old city is located in the east of the city. It is a settlement of arabs and jews.
As a modern city, casablanca is unique in its new residential and commercial center. When I took photos from the old city to the new city, the architectural changes reflected the economic and cultural differences. Although I personally like the old culture of the old city, the modernity of the new city is the place that every Moroccan yearns for.
In particular, the slums encountered on the way form a sharp and strong contrast with the modern and prosperous. The poor, who cannot live in the palatial neighborhoods, are forced to associate themselves with shantytowns or older, more traditional architectural styles.
I wanted to embolden myself to go into the slums, but the religious and cultural differences held me back. In the modern civilized world, Morocco’s arabs are still traditional, especially when socioeconomic divisions are so clear that richness and poverty often explain openness of mind. Not absolutely, although I also believe that like all cultures, it is dynamic.
Eventually I gave up the idea of going to the slums, but the architecture and planning of the old city and the new city were clear. New western architecture, as aggressive as that of Spain, Portugal and France, is rapidly encroaching on the seemingly capitulatory traditions of the east, but a long history of patronage and religious influence still imbues this ancient city on the Atlantic coast with an arabesque feel.
Casablanca’s fame may be attributed to casablanca’s casablanca for movie fans or the novel mad sand for readers, but in the eyes of most tourists, it is not as old as firth and tangier, because it is “modern enough” externally and cultural relics and historical heritage are not so obvious.
As the largest port city in the country, tourism is not the main source of casablanca’s economy, but it is also one of Morocco’s important tourist cities. Hassan ii mosque, the most striking and landmark of the city, is honored as one of the largest mosques in the world. It is a modern building with a cost of more than 500 million us dollars. It has a typical Arabic architectural style and is a representative of Moroccan architectural techniques.
For those who are studying architectural design and working in this field, I think hassan ii mosque may bring a lot of innovation and inspiration.
But beyond the city landmark, medina in the old city is worth a look. Of all the cities I have visited in Morocco, the old city is shown as “medina” on the Google map.
The old city of “medina” in casablanca is a little different from the old city in other cities. The people who come and go here are almost all locals, and there are few tourists.
There is a baked cake shop in the old city that I like very much. I have been caught twice and bought a hot cake (1 dinham) every time. The cheap price is enough for me to have a full meal. Although the boss did not speak English, I, a tourist from farther east, was delighted by his warm Arabic smile.
Note that since the old city is not a tourist attraction, taking photos is a taboo, at least not as “free” as fez, marrakesh and shevshavan (I’ll go over the old city separately).
On the edge of the old town is rick’s cafe, a web celebrity cafe copied from the movie in casablanca. If you want to go in and sit down and reminisce about the eternal casablanca, you may have to make an appointment half a month in advance. This is on my way to the old city, I happened to catch a glimpse of this cafe, which was cherished by many literary youths.
So what happened?
Just walk by.
But casablanca is worth a second look.
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