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Meknes highlights

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Bab Mansour Famous worldwide, this door is one of the greatest works of Moulay Ismail, the largest in North Africa. It is ranked among the best four doors of the world, it was built by an architect Christian who had converted to Islam and whose name it bears "the Victorious Renegade" known as Mansour Laalej. the last of the doors controlled by Moulay Ismail, it was completed in 1732. It incorporates in its central themes of traditional Muslim architecture. ... The total height of the door is about 16m, the opening of the arc is nearly 8m. The rectangular main room of vast proportions on almost 17m 6,2 m is covered with a great vault arch of the cloister. this door has been locked in a horseshoe slightly broken, is flanked by two bastions reared arcades. On either side stands a tall column on the piers prismatic. The dominant motif is a rising curvilinear tracery in relief on the flat bottom of golden green glazed tiles. A large is beautiful inscription in cursive black topped by a line of barricades, the short length of the upper frieze. The beautiful description of it was Pierre Loti speaks for itself: "rosettes, stars, endless tangles, broken lines, geometric unimaginable combinations that confuse the eye like a game of puzzle but still reflect taste the most practiced and most original was accumulated there, with myriads of small pieces of glazed earthenware, sometimes hollow, sometimes in relief so as to give away the illusion of fabric and embroidered rebrochée, shimmer, shimmering without prices, which have stretched over these old stones just to break the boredom of those high walls. " Room Bab El Mansour, now houses an art gallery.

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Shriji Souani One of the prestigious Historic Monuments of Meknes, located about 500 m south of the Palais Royal and Place Mechouar, it dates from the time of Moulay Ismail in the early eighteenth century. It groups a set of relatively cramped room around a large central room of 26m, 30 long / 10m, 70 wide. and 9m high. ... It was a place to store food. It contains 10 rooms with ten wells waterwheels. These well fed at the time the building as well as the basin Souani, large water tank constituting the monument with a single entity. It is a building consisting of huge vaulted elevator, arranged largely in stores and is covered with a terrace supported by huge pillars. The thickness of the walls ensured a constant temperature, which facilitated the preservation of foodstuffs. Deep wells of several dozen meters provided, using a system of Norias operated by animals, water needed when the dominance of Dar El Ma (house water).

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The Meknes Medina

The visit of Meknes, focus on the medina and the Imperial City, located on the left bank of the wadi. All streets leading to the huge square-Hedim El, located at the edge of the medina and the city of Moulay Ismail. His name, "instead of demolition," was given after that tons of rubble were stored there during the reconstruction of the city. ... This huge square, 200m long and 100m wide, is dominated by Bab El Mansour Aleuj whose name recalls the renegade Christian who built it at the end of the reign of Moulay Ismail. The door was not completed until 1732, during the reign of his son. Bab el Mansour is generally considered the most beautiful gates in Morocco: its symmetry is remarkable and surprising size. Like all visionary achievements of Sultan, which emanates the elegance that is less robustness and power. Instead of Bab El Hedim is located in the center of the ancient city. It stands between the Medina, the Jewish quarter and the Imperial City. The square is rectangular. In the late afternoon, it is particularly driven by storytellers, jugglers and merchants. In the West, the market is very colorful.

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