Morocco Travel Videos, DVD, Touring, Sightseeing, Vacation, Destination
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Item Code : 7DAY17866DVD. 7 Days. 52 Minutes. Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, has the most important harbor in North Africa and is gateway to the magic of the Orient. In the Koran it says: `And Allah's Throne Was On The Water!' Thus inspired, the Grand Mosque was built on Casablanca's shoreline. This monumental building was designed to accommodate 105,000 believers, and its tall minaret dominates the city's skyline. More than 12 million people helped finance this `Eighth Wonder Of The World' which involved 90 engineers and 30,000 craftsmen and artists. Lying northwards along the Atlantic coast, is Rabat, Morocco's capital and home to its government and royal family. The King's Palace, the Palais Royal, is a town in itself. Surrounded by walls and protected by royal guards, since 1864 it has been the main residence of the Alaouite Dynasty which has been in power since 1666. To the south of RABAT lies Chellah, City of the Dead. The Merinde necropolis has a square tower and is surrounded by a wall made of crushed loam, proof that the Cathagers built a trading centre here in the 3rd century B.C.Amongst the tombs, the sarcophagus of Sultan Abou El-Hassan stands proud with its artistic engravings. Fez El-Bali dates back to the Middle Ages and contains narrow streets, a pungent mixture of scents, the penetrating sound of craftsmen and fine examples of the Moorish art of building. Traveling through the Atlas Mountains, the small town of Ifrane boasts tranquil parks and ponds, modern residential areas and shady avenues which take the traveler by surprise. Just as with their ancestors over the centuries, today nomads and their camels traverse the endless Sahara. For a distance of over 40 kilometers, the magic landscape of the sand dunes compares with the largest in the world. Finally, Marrakesh is the dreamy city at the foot of the High Atlas and Morocco's most beautiful city. What better location to end the fairytale that is Morocco?
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Item Code : CMOS17865DVD. Cosmos Global Documentaries. 52 Minutes. In addition to Meknes, F?s and Marrakesh, Morocco's capital city of Rabat is one of the country's historic four royal cities. Despite their differences, these cities share a common bond as they each contain the cultural and architectural treasures of a fascinating epoch. Rabat has a rich and colourful history and was first settled in the 8th century B.C. nearly two thousand years before the Hassan Tower was built. With its beautiful minaret, the 18th century Mosqu?e Es- Sounna is the most outstanding religious building in the centre of the city. The most architecturally impressive of the four royal cities is Mekn?s. In the 17th century Moulay Isma?l made this city into his own and thus created several new buildings. In addition to the largest gate in the Maghreb, the Bab El-Mansour, the city's former twenty kilometre long wall symbolises a further important legacy and highlights the wealth and flamboyance of the Alaouit sovereign. Although Mekn?s is one of the younger Moroccan royal cities it contains more than a thousand years of history and its fertile land was even much prized by the Romans. F?s is the oldest and, at the same time, liveliest of all four royal cities. Beyond its historic walls lies the origin of the Moroccan monarchy as well as numerous outstanding treasuries of the Islamic Middle Ages. F?s El-Jdid, an earlier section of the old town centre, is dominated by an immense palace, the Palais Royal. Beyond its gilded bronze gates is a small, luxurious world. Numerous architectural gems highlight the former incredible wealth of F?s. Marrakesh's history began in the 11th century when the Berber tribe of the Almoravides first settled on the Haouz Plain. In the course of time the early caravan trade with Black Africa and Marrakesh's southerly location transformed the city into what was the most African of Morocco's four royal cities and although the legendary caravans have since been replaced by modern roads and motor vehicles both past and present continue to live side by side. Even today each of the Morocco's four royal cities displays the former enormity, power and beauty of Maghreb culture in Morocco thus their historical monuments still manage to reflect the splendour of the country's intriguing and glorious past.