What kind of country is Morocco? From a traveler’s point of view, I saw the depth of religious culture, the richness of historical sites, the love of rich colors, and the impact of the occupation of this African country by many western countries. Due to its history, Morocco’s civilization can be said to be rich and inclusive. However, different from several important cities occupied by western countries, many ancient cities in Morocco still maintain their traditions. The architecture is the most obvious one.
Marrakech, one of the four royal cities of Morocco, impressed me a lot. Compared with the capital, Rabat, marrakech is far more attractive in tourism. It is located in the southwest of Morocco, located at the foot of atlas mountain running through Morocco, known as the “pearl of the south”, it is an ancient city with thousands of years of history, known as the red city in the world.
As with many north African cities, marrakech consists of an old city and a new city. As the political center of the southern region, marrakech enjoys a highly developed tourism industry. Almost everyone visiting Morocco will not easily miss this important old city.
Although Morocco is not a developed country and has been invaded by many countries in Europe, the complexity of its history has not led moroccans to abandon their own traditions. Even if the europeans build new cities or urban areas here, the culture of Morocco is still alive and well. In marrakesh alone, the preserved ancient buildings gave me a glimpse of Arab art and history, berber civilization and customs, and so on.
Marrakesh’s most attractive architectural complex is the old town, dominated by berber piazzas and bazaars. In 1985, UNESCO listed the old city of marrakesh as a world heritage site. The city is surrounded by 10 kilometers of wall, a typical feature of the medieval Arab ghetto, which brings together places of mass gathering, including temples, schools and a large square.
The walls are tall and simple, reflecting the traditional Moroccan architectural style, with the horseshoe-shaped arch the most common. This shape is ubiquitous in Morocco’s traditional architectural style, both as a window and as a wall Mosaic. However, this style is not native to Morocco. Westerners believe that Morocco’s architectural style is Spanish Moorish, because the arabs brought these styles back to Morocco when they were expelled from Europe in the 8th century and quickly became popular. The horseshoe arch is the most distinctive.
Through the city wall, can be said to be from the old city to the new city of a process. Marrakech, known worldwide for its red architecture, is not confined to the old city, but even in the new areas, including those inhabited by europeans, buildings are mostly red. Some modern buildings have sprung up, beautifully shaped, brightly colored, looking novel and chic, looking very dazzling under the blue sky.
Since its foundation, marrakech has produced monumental architectural masterpieces at every stage of its history, from its peak to its trough. Even in the new city, many of marrakech’s historic sites remain. In this north African kingdom, which is still dependent on European countries, people are very concerned about the protection of historic sites, perhaps because of its cultural influence. At present, Morocco has 9 world cultural heritage sites. Although it cannot be compared with our country, this number has a lot of significance in the whole Africa.
After my trip to Morocco, I read a lot of books about Morocco’s customs, culture, architecture and other aspects. These books did not leave the history and civilization of Morocco. Marrakesh is just one of the many heritage sites in the country, in addition to the nine world heritage sites.
But what makes marrakech so famous, and what attracts so many tourists, is the integrity of its architectural heritage. It to me in casablanca and Rabat journey is completely different, especially in casablanca, I walk photograph are nervous mentality, although it is the most “modernization” of city in Morocco, but unlike traditional culture inclusive atmosphere of the old city marrakech relaxing as that, maybe this is derived from the charm of tourism city.
The new part of marrakesh is populated by rich people, some of them westerners, who have settled there. Their neighborhood is clean and green, and there is a small LV store nearby. It is the only LV store in marrakech.
Marrakech is one of the best-preserved historic cities in northwest Africa. The red wall has survived more than 800 years. Today, it may be difficult to see caravans from the Sahara desert come here and trade through the city gate to the broad square, but tourism gives the trade a new face, allowing visitors to view the landscape through the products of modern society.
Walking down the street, the city streets are not very wide, but they are clean. The combination of red buildings and green plants under the blue sky shows that this is a very active and enthusiastic city. Morocco may still be a backward country for Chinese tourists, but in Africa it is growing fast.
Founded in 1062, marrakech was twice the capital of the Moroccan empire in the middle ages. Marrakesh means “red” in Arabic because the walls, made of ochre rock, are largely intact. Many new buildings are also red.
Stroll along the red walls of the old city and you’ll see a scene that harks back to medieval times. But in the new city, things are different. If there are many historical sites in the old city, you will find many beautiful gardens outside the city walls.
Built in 1913, the new town is covered with shade. If the girl who loves beauty puts on the skirt to shoot here, must be fresh and artistic.
But no matter how busy the new city is, the most lively place is still in the piazza of the old city. As night falls, the square falls into a “sleepless night”. It would be a pity not to experience a night of revelry in the piazza during a trip to marrakech. When the sun goes down, people gather here from all directions to watch the open-air performance in the square and look for various flavor snacks.
Here, you can see Indian dance snakes, sell spices tea arabs, storytelling and fortune of Morocco, various busk musicians and dancers, and countless sell food, drinks, clothes, carpet, small booth decoration, leather, handicrafts, makes visitors also have no reaction to come over to have entered a magical night.