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  • Within these paleontologic finds is a very interesting mosaic

    • by dawnmichel

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      The way you travel to the Kasbah in Tangier Morocco is as follows: If you are traveling from the area of the Medina its best to enter through Bab el-Aassa, and the gate to the south in order to locate Dar el Makhzen Museum. The museum at one time was the palatial residence of the Sultan. The museum showcases a very nice collection of Moroccan Arts.

      The structure was built in the 1600s and added on later by several of the Sultans. One sultan who had been part of the expansion effort was Moulay Hafid. He lived in the palace until the earliest portion of the twentieth century. And even at this late date, I learn Moulay Hafid had a total of four wives and forty concubines.

      There are apartments here situated around a courtyard located within an inner area of the palace. When you enter the apartments you are left spell-bound by the beautiful woodwork. The ceilings and doors are simply works of

      art containing beautiful carvings. (There are also interesting tiles: it all comes together quite nicely).

      As you venture through other areas of the Kasbah, it becomes even more mesmerizing; there is a multiplicity of crafts from Morocco pertaining to musical instrumentation, beautiful pottery, embroidery metal and leather items.

      There is an archeological collection as well from the area I’m told of Volubilis. Within these paleontologic finds is a very interesting mosaic. The piece is a Roman work of art and is entitled “Voyage of Venus”. I am amazed at its marvelous condition.

      The Dar el-Markhzen Museum is highly recommended. It is splendidly Moroccan; and truly gives you a grand historical perspective with regard to the Tangier area. This is accomplished through its art, architectural elements, and archeological finds. The museum is open: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday through Monday; they’re closed on Friday afternoon. Their phone is: 039 932 097. You will gain a ...

      • relative feel as to the various legions of peoples who ruled and predominated over the area of Tangier at one time or another.

        The Arabs ruled over the Berber tribes in the 700s with the area coming under the Almohad reign in the 1100s (while in-between the period Tangier was ruled by several other groups).

        The Portuguese gained control during the latter portion of the fifteenth century. Interestingly, the country gave Tangier away as a marital gift to Charles II of Great Britain.

        Next Moulay Ismail (a most significant name in Tangier history) descended upon the city in the seventeenth century driving out the British. During the siege, Ismail was able to devastate most of Tangier as well as the port area. The Moroccans controlled Tangier until the middle 1800s.

        The city looked attractive once more to the nations of Europe. In fact, it is my understanding it was in how the city was positioned which caused Tangier to come under the rule of several factions. One

        ruling authority was an agent of the Sultan, with other ruling powers split between France, Britain, Sweden, Holland, Belgium and America. Therefore a wide array of cultural influences existed. The circumstances prevailed until the Moroccans claimed independence in 1956.

        Tangier today is basically a thriving commercial area.

        Once again, the area of the Kasbah is most popular and must be explored if you are to gain the unique perspective as to what the city of Tangier is truly about.

        As you can see from the brief history, I’ve provided herein, although Tangier has its very own unique cultural vibe it has accumulated the environmental and historic characteristics of many other peoples.

        After you have walked through the wonderful Dar el-Makhzen Museum, I’d be highly remiss if I didn’t suggest to you to tour the Sultan’s Gardens.

        There are, within this lovely garden setting, pomegranate trees which I’d never laid eyes on before the visit, different tropical fruit trees making the area all the more pretty and a fountain within its center.

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