Minarets are tall enough to make the call of the prayer to be heard by distant believers all round the mosques. They not only serve in delivering Azaan, but they add splendor to the mosques, making them dominant over any other architecture of the country.
The Mosques of the fez centre are best exemplary of the finest interiors, the walls and ablution ponds are cladded with ceramic mosaic tiles and the Mehrab (arched portion where Imam stands) astutely outlined by stucco and marble. The Mosques of Fez are a perfect spiritual healer.
Kasbah accompanied every place which has got a economic potential for instance salt, sugar, gold etc. These fortified walls were the homes to the Royal Family. The biggest surviving Kasbah dates back to 11th century, and still have well maintained houses and vast lush gardens which lean on Mellah of Marrakesh. The red Kasbah which looms above the blue dipped town of Chefchaougen is supposed to be the most beautiful of all. It would be a huge oversight to miss out the awe-inspiring whitewashed Kasbah on the Rabat’s sea front.
Riads can be found in plenty near the palaces in Morocco. These are the courtyard houses where the Royals and their peers and families spent their idle hours gossiping. Most of the riads have now commercialized and turned into lodgings. Technically speaking Riad has a courtyard which is divided into 4 parts, fountain at the centre of the courtyard is also a must. There are about 1000 Riads speckled all across the country.
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They are built with mudbricks which are plastered with limestone so as to trap the moisture, and are roofed with dome with ventilation points to let the steam evacuate. The doomed portion is the coolest whereas the side rooms are constantly heated up to vaporize the waters. You can choose from a wide array of hammams, the modern as well as traditional hammams live in perfect juxtaposition.
In medieval times, these veranda complexes consisted of artisan’s workshop in the basement and lodging facilities on higher floors. The Foundouqs once were spread along the caravan routes but as trading communities became less barbaric and rich, most Fundouqs shifted towards warehousing and private quarters. Fortunately, 140 Foundouqs surive today, the most prominent of those are the ones near Place Bab Ftueh and one on Rue Mouassine.
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