Travelling through Morocco – The Royal Palace at Marakesh – Art and Architecture

I have travelled the world and seen a lot of Islamic Art and architecture. I find it extremely beautiful.

There is something about the intricate patterns and lavish colours that I find really uplifting.

It is a shame about the conservative intolerance of the religion.

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Travelling through Morocco – the incredible Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou

The second Kasbah that we visited out in the Sahara the other side of the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh was the most picturesque Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.

It was basically a fortress built on a hillside that seemed to be made of red tinged mud. It had a fabulous setting and I can see why it was used in many films.

Our first sight of it was awesome.

Walking up through the narrow passageways one did get a feel of the danger of those olden days. It seemed defence was always the first thought. Trade must have been a dangerous business.

Travelling through Morocco – a few more photos of the Kasbah taourirt in Ouarzazate

I was so impressed with the architecture and beauty of this Kasbah. You got a glimpse of history as you walked through its lavish rooms with their decorated ceilings. I could imagine them seated on their couches, laid back with hookahs, with music and dancing, a feast in front of them, making deals, entertaining and pulling out all the stops to impress.

Fantastic.

An older Kasbah whose mud walls are melting back into the ground

Travelling in Morocco – The gorgeous Kasbah taourirt in Ouarzazate

The gorgeous Kasbah taourirt in Ouarzazate was breath-taking.

These Kasbahs were built for trade, for entertainment as well as for these wealthy dynasties to live in. They were meant to impress and they do.

I couldn’t stop taking photos!

Travelling through Morocco – The most amazing Solar Energy Project – The Noor-Quarzazate Complex,

As we drove down from the Atlas mountains into the Sahara region we could see this great bright light on the horizon. It looked so bright even in the bright sunshine. It appeared to be a large tower far away with an incandescent structure on top – like some modernistic lighthouse.

It was Morocco’s most incredible $9 billion dollar solar energy project – producing enough electricity to power an entire city.

Built on an area of more than 3,000 hectares in area – the size of 3,500 football fields — the Noor-Ouarzazate complex, produces enough electricity to power a city the size of Prague, or twice the size of Marrakesh.

Thousands of mirrors focus heat on to the tower which houses salt. The intense heat actually melts the salt and the heat is used to generate electricity.

Not only that but when the sun goes in the tower can still generate electricity for a further three hours.  Thus alleviates one of the problems of solar power (that it only works when the sun shines).

Morocco already produces 35% of all its electricity from solar and is aiming to increase that rapidly to 42%.

We just need the rest of the world to catch up!

It was quite an amazing sight – I just wish we could have gone closer!

It was great to see it along with some ruins from a bygone age – the future and the past clash: