In Morocco you will find everything: sunny, sandy beaches, wonderful, Evergreen oases, the Sun scorched desert and cold, crossed blue sky mountain tops. Morocco is like a dream. elusive, filled with magic and disturbing. For centuries it became the Black Guard, unfriendly enemies, accommodation for your friends, you will never overcome.
Today they live here, indigenous people, people of Berbers of
North-Western Africa. Once belonged to the vastness of the Sahara desert and the Atlas mountains. The blue people-proud to be clothed in light blue robes, armed with silver knife aroused the terror of the surrounding tribes. Formerly traveled caravan routes carrying salt to the oases of the North. Their courage would stand up in awe, they were invincible.
Wherever she appeared on the horizon silhouette lights Warrior the celestial robes, invariably provoked anguish among the Sahrawi nomads. Today there is no longer a desert Caravan and great blue desert people are no longer just a tourist attraction.
In May of this year I visited this country. And exactly South of Morocco.
I landed in Agadir
Over the next days I drove more than one thousand miles visiting beautiful places in this amazing country. All the time I rode toward the South to the Sahara. Along the way, visited many cities and villages until I got to Ouarzazate. The city called the Moroccan hollywood. Getting here many movies such as the Mummy, Gladiator, Asterix and Cleopatra, Legionnaire, many Westerns.
Near Ouarzazate is Ait Ben Haddou place of UNESCO. Here is the movie Gladiator.
I drove further south until I came to the Sahara.
On the way back I drove through the High Atlas mountains and Tischka pass to Marrakech.
Two days I spent in Marrakesh. I visited the beautiful gardens of Majorelle, Jamal el Fna square.
A little history of Marrakech: the foundations of the city lay in 1062, the ruler Yusuf ben Tashfin of the Almoravids dynasty. Yusuf and his successors continually produced them to match the power of the Muslim cities of Andalusia. Generations have left a legacy of urban art gem. It's from the turn of the 11th and 12th are vast underground khettary-an extremely complex system of irrigation channels-which today provide water to urban parks and gardens. In the mid-12th century, Marrakech invaded and almost completely desroyed them with the Earth Such. Rebuilt it shortly afterwards, mainly andalusian artisans brought from Spain. Al Andalus spirit today and Marrakeszem circling above the influence of Muslim Spain can be seen at every step.
To 1270, Marrakech was the capital of the Almohad Empire until the fall of the dynasty, when following them Merynidzi moved the capital to FES. In the 16th century, with the rise in influence of the next dynasty-Guest House-Marrakech again became the capital of Morocco. During this period was preserved till today the beauty of mellah-Jewish-built a huge mosque and Mouassin (hypernym) religious school Ali ben recognised Yusuf. One of the greatest of the Saadian dynasty sultans Ahmed al Mansour has left a wonderful Palais al Badi. After the fall of the Saadian dynasty, their successors Alawice once again moved, this time to the capital city of Meknes.
And so it's time to return to my country.
Photo credits: Thomas Jurkowski.