Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Meknès
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The mausoleum of Moulay Ismail—one of Morocco’s greatest rulers, who made Meknès his capital city in the 17th century—consists of three brightly decorated courts, a mosque, and the tombs of the sultan and his family. A visit to Moulay Ismail’s final resting place is believed to bring baraka—divine blessing.
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The sculpted sand peaks of Erg Chebbi mark the western fringe of the Sahara and are a popular place for camel treks.
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A young Berber bride is adorned for pre-wedding festivities in the High Atlas mountains. Numbering some 25 million in North Africa and concentrated today in Morocco and Algeria, the Berbers (or Amazigh, as some prefer to be called) are an ethnically distinct tribal people who inhabited this area thousands of years before the Arab conquest brought Islam here in the seventh century A.D.
Place Mohammed V, Casablanca
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Twilight falls on the Place Mohammed V in the heart of Casablanca. The vast square is fronted by administrative buildings—including the Palais de Justice law courts building, at left, and the Ancienne Prefecture (Old Police Station) at right.
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A guide's unfurled turban provides a streak of bold color against the Sahara's endless brown. At 3.5 million square miles (9 million square kilometers), the world's largest desert confines North Africans to fertile strips along the Mediterranean and Nile River.
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Sundown at Menara Gardens provides a tranquil escape from sprawling Marrakech to the east. Designed in the 12th century as a summer escape from the city heat, the gardens' palms and olive trees rely on this artificial lake for irrigation.
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A popular tourist attraction in the province of Azilal in the High Atlas mountains, Ouzoud Falls gets it name from the surrounding olive, or ouzoud, trees.
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Where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean at the northern tip of Africa, Tangier dispenses a diverse mix of culture and cuisine. Beyond the picturesque beaches, Tangier—known as the White City—satisfies visitors with an array of culturally and historically significant sites: the Ancient City, the Kasbah, and endless suqs and museums.
Jemaa el Fna Square, Marrakech
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At the center of Marrakech’s old quarter is the city's main square, usually filled with peddlers and entertainers of all kinds. Ringing Jemaa el Fna are the suq, cafes, and hotels and gardens.
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Textiles, animal hides, and edibles fill Marrakech's suq, the largest in Morocco. The market stalls are filled with wares from Berber, Tuareg, and Dogon communities; what has not been imported from the desert is handcrafted in the city.
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Extending from Tangier to the Moulouya River Valley near the Moroccan-Algerian border, the Rif Mountains carve up 180 miles (290 kilometers) of rugged, remote terrain. The craggy mountain range travels along the Mediterranean Sea, sparing only a few coastal valleys for agricultural use or settlement.
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