Saturday, February 2, 2013

Rabat - Morocco

A few weeks ago i won a contest on the portuguese community forum and my prize was this card sent by José. A wonderful prize, i must say. The card shows Bab El Had, one of the five gates built within the walls of the Old Rabat. Rabat was added to the UESCO WHS list last year.

Located on the Atlantic coast in the north-west of Morocco, the site is the product of a fertile exchange between the Arabo-Muslim past and Western modernism. The inscribed city encompasses the new town conceived and built under the French Protectorate from 1912 to the 1930s, including royal and administrative areas, residential and commercial developments and the Jardins d’Essais botanical and pleasure gardens. It also encompasses older parts of the city dating back to the 12thcentury. The new town is one of the largest and most ambitious modern urban projects built in Africa in the 20thcentury and probably the most complete. The older parts include Hassan Mosque (begun in 1184) and the Almohad ramparts and gates, the only surviving parts of the project for a great capital city of the Almohad caliphate as well as remains from the Moorish, or Andalusian, principality of the 17th century. - in:

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Bab El Had is well preserved and looks very beautiful with fascinating ornaments on it. It has several entries and is also called the “Sunday Gate”. The name comes from the Sunday Market that was near this gate for a long time. Near this gate is the Marche Central, the best and biggest food and flowers market in Rabat. Within one of the gate’s rooms is a photo exhibition. - in:

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