Thursday, November 11, 2010

Unesco cards from Morocco

Just a few days ago i didn't have any unesco cards from Morroco but last weekend i was in Madrid and bought this Marrakech card on a street fair. Next monday arrived the Fes card sent by Celina.

On the street fairs all we need is patiente and good luck. Besides this Morocco card, i've also found some hard-to-get unesco cards from Spain.
The Medina of Marrakech is on the Unesco list since 1985. On this card there's the Kasbah Mosque, dating from 1190. Next to the mosque there's the Saadian Tombs, dating back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). "The tombs were only recently discovered (in 1917) and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The tombs have, because of the beauty of their decoration, been a major attraction for visitors of Marrakech.
The mausoleum comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family. The building is composed of three rooms. The most famous is the room with the twelve columns. This room contains the grave of the son of the sultan's son Ahmad al-Mansur. The stele is in finely worked cedarwood and stucco work. The monuments are made of Italian Carrara marble.
Outside the building is a garden and the graves of soldiers and servants." - in: wikipedia

The Medina of Fes, Fes el Bali, is the oldest and walled part of Fez, Morocco. Fes el Bali is the larger of the two medinas of Fes. Fes el Bali was classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1981.
"One of the most interesting sites in Fes is the Leather Souq and the oldest leather tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries.
The tannery is composed of numerous stone vessels filled with a vast range of dyes and various odorous liquids. The tannery processes the hides (skins) of sheep and goats, turning them into high quality leather products such as bags, coats, shoes, slippers and other similar products. This is all achieved manually, without the need for modern machinery. Men work in unbearably hot conditions (in the summer - 40 degrees and above).
The workers stand in the stone vessels arranged like honeycombs, filled with different dyes, dying the arms and legs of the men. The hides are first soaked in diluted acidic pigeon excrement and then transferred to other vessels containing vegetable dyes such as henna, saffron and mint. When the dying process has been completed the hides are dried on the roofs of the Medina." - in:

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