Saturday, January 21, 2012

City Wall Marrakech

Marrakech city wall (photo RfA, 2010)

The inner city of Marrakech (Morocco) is surrounded by a 12 km long city wall dating back to the 12th century. Its use was more esthetic than defensive, since the rulers had seen city walls in Spain and wanted to have one for their town as well...

The holes are made to attach scaffolding, and for ventilation purposes.

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  1. That's interesting. You don't normally think of walls as serving an esthetic purpose and scaffolding on the outside would certainly defeat any defensive purpose.

  2. I suppose it's really ore aesthetic if you'r on the inside. They are a beautiful rich warm color though.

  3. The inside isn't that spectacular. But when we drove around the city I could see they were repairing several parts, so they are proud of it. One of the King's palaces is near the place where I made these photos, so that part of the city especially has to look good for when he comes to visit...

  4. These are ancient structures in architectural design. I am glad that the inspiration behind history remains when building walls in towns. It is by no means regressive but merely paying a tribute to the history.

    1. I can't see the ventilation or scaffold answer. The holes are random. It's s mystery? John Donaldson


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