A pity this house has crumbled down but now it nicely demonstrates the style by which most houses in the Marrakech Old Town were built: A courtyard at the centre of surrounding galleries of rooms which also make the outside room and connecting wall with similar houses, usually on three sides. The upper terrace, or roof garden, overlooks and is overlooked by the houses are all around. The courtyard is open to the sky, or at best has a canopy covering it, and allows cool air to circulate. Windows to the outside are few in the outside wall and the front door of heavy wood is low and surprisingly narrow. Access to the house, and indeed its row of houses, is through very narrow passage ways and precludes all motor vehicles except the ubiquitous motorcycles and mopeds. The hotel I stayed in while on a break in Marrakech was just such a house. Outside nondescript but inside of sumptuous luxury, and to one side of the courtyard a deep dipping pool in which to cool off from a long day out in the sun.
Marrakech or Marrakesh - take your pick - is also know as the Red City due to the deep pink mud its houses are made from.
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By the way, I am unable to say with certainty exactly where the photographs were taken in the Old Town. If anyone can send me the map coordinates I will be much obliged.
Welcome to Africa, AKA the motherland! Check out African Internet Radio while you're scoping the panoramas.The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.Text by Steve Smith.