Tuesday, July 20, 2010

RABAT - Chellah

While we were in Rabat (Morocco) we also visited Chellah, a site which dates from Roman occupation circa 40 AD. It is one of the earliest clearly identifiable settlements of man in Morocco.

Between 1300 and 1600 AD, Rabat and Chellah were resettled by the Merinid Dynasty. Circa 1350 the Merinid sultan, founded a mosque at Chellah, and the magnificent extant principal gate. The sultan Abu I-Hasan was entombed within the Moorish part of the Chellah complex. Many of the structures in Chellah were damaged by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The site has been converted now to a garden and also a place for concerts.

If you want to know the whole history go here and here

The very impressive entrance

where we were greated by this drummer, pictures to be taken against payment of course.

From outside

Chellah today is also a place where concernts take place and films are shot

This is the very old part which remained from the Romans

and the rests of the mosque

with its tombs. Some of them are very well preserved as you can see from the mosaic

The guardian lady fed fishes which looked like very fat snakes, I forgot the name. The bassin was the ancient watering system of the Romans

The garden was real beautiful, with lots of plants, flowers and trees. But what amazed me the most were the birds living here. I have never ever seen so many storks together. It looks as if they were meeting here coming from all over the world. There were hundreds and hundreds. There were lots of Ibises too, of all kind and colors and other birds. It was very noisy, especially the storks who were rattling in concerts !

19 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous photos, Gattina! And such incredible history! Having been born and raised/lived in such a young country, I'm absolutely fascinated by places that have so much history! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Luna Miranda said...

spectacular photos of this enchanting place. thank you for showing me a glimpse of this part of Morocco.

J Bar said...

Your world is amazing.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Life Ramblings said...

those shots are amazingly beautiful. it must have been great to get a taste of its intriguing history and fascinating culture.

Siromade said...

All the photos are just beautiful, thanks for taking us on a tour of different sceneries and lovely history and culture of that place.

soulbrush said...

oh wow i always wanted to see morocco!

Evelyn said...

Wow, really interesting post. Lovely pics too.

Maribeth said...

Those are truly great photos. Especially the stork nests!

Melli said...

With all those BIG birds flying around it is no WONDER everyone keeps ALL their parts covered!!! LOL! I bet storks leave BIG blobs of poo as they pass over!!!

Loree said...

What an interesting place. And I am in love with those colourful tiles - so beautiful.

Loree said...

What an interesting place. And I am in love with those colourful tiles - so beautiful.

Loree said...

What an interesting place. And I am in love with those colourful tiles - so beautiful.

Loree said...

What an interesting place. And I am in love with those colourful tiles - so beautiful.

Marites said...

fascinating place and you captured it very well! I really like the entrance and i'm really impressed that they were able to preserve the area well.

Lawstude said...

i felt like touring with you on this one without the aching feet lols.

great captures and thanks for sharing these to us. i only see them on movies :)

Mar said...

Wondering how the Lisbon earthquake could affect them...Beautiful pictures, Gattina, thanks for the tour!

Trotter said...

Hi Gattina! Lovely post of a wnderful place! The only difference is that you didn't make a speech on that stone...

Blogtrotter Two has gone deeply in Sardinia... Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Francisca said...

I really enjoyed going on this tour through your lens, Gattina. I was conceived in Tanger and have been to Morocco a number of times, but never stayed in Rabat. This was wonderful, as I'm sure your trip was.

DianeCA said...

Beautiful photos. I just love ancient cities and historical architechture which can give us a window into lives of the past.

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