15 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco
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Hello Aluxers. Today we come to you with some amazing facts about a country
that is genuinely magical and phenomenal.
Flying at the meeting point of North Africa and Europe,
历史上曾受到罗马 法国 阿拉伯 西班牙及其它文化的影响
and mix through time with Roman, French, Arab, Spanish and many other cultures,
Morocco represents us with an extremely rich cultural and historical heritage.
But honestly, it was tough choosing just 15 facts to say about it.
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With that being said, here are 15 things you didn’t know about Morocco.
1. Morocco is one of the most popular film settings in the world.
If you are a Game of Throne’s fan, then you’ve unknowningly been to the dazzling land.
As most of the scenes in the continent of Essos and the constituent of Dorne were shot in Morocco.
And even if you are not a fan of the most viewed show in history,
then you must have stumbled upon at least one of the many European and
Hollywood movies that were shot in Morocco, like Mission Impossible, Babel,
Kingdom of Heaven, the Mummy Returns or
simply one of the most highly rated movies of all time-Casablanca.
Even Bollywood has come to realize the visual marvels that Morocco’s natural landscape and
archetype of Middle Eastern essence provide and is starting to follow suit.
2 摩洛哥地处非洲而又紧邻欧洲 兼具两大洲的特点
2. Although part of Africa, its proximity to Europe makes Morocco technically part of both continents.
Morocco lies only eight miles away from Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar.
Because of that geographical closeness, you can sense European influence,
specifically Spanish in certain areas, such as Tangier,
where a delusion culture ties both Moroccan and Spanish cultures very strongly.
Also because of its history with French colonialism, the French influence is also very easily recognized,
starting with the French language, which is practically a mother tongue to Moroccans,
which brings us to the next point.
3. Morocco contains a stunning mixture of cultures.
For a country with the size of 172,000 square miles, basically the size of California,
Morocco’s culture diversity is nothing short of astonishing.
Although its population is mainly classified into Arab and Berber,
with Arabic and Berber languages being the main tongue spoken in the country,
when you move from one area to another, you might feel like you’ve passed into another country.
For example, in the capital city Rabat,
you would feel like you’re walking somewhere in Lyons in France.
Then as you move to the north, this French influence is replaced by an Andalusian spirit,
to the extent that most northern Moroccans speak Spanish.
As a matter of fact, an everyday Moroccan is likely to be speaking at least three languages natively.
That diversity even shows in the festivals and music played in each area.
4. Morocco was a haven for many of the mid-20th century famous writers.
Morocco, being the cultural hub and soul soothing paradise that it is,
was a destination for many creative artists in the past century.
在50到60年代 许多作家包括威廉·巴勒斯 布里奥内斯·伊思兰
During the 50s and 60s, many writers including William Burroughs, Briones Islan,
杰克·凯鲁亚克 田纳西·威廉斯都来过摩洛哥 汲取灵感
Jack Kerouac,Tennessee Williams found in an inspiring land of Morocco,
the perfect resort in which they can unleash their creativity.
Music composer and book author Paul Bowles stayed in Tangier, Morocco
for more than 50 years until he died there in 1999.
5. Morocco was the first country in the world to recognize the United States of America.
As the American Revolution began
and the U.S. merchant ships were getting attacked by pirates in the Atlantic,
Sultan Muhammad Ⅲ announced in December of 1777
that any American merchant ship was under his protection.
The Moroccan and American treaty of friendship signed in 1786
is today the US’s oldest camp friendship treaty.
6. The Toubkal Mountain peak in southwestern Morocco is the highest in the region.
Toubkal is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the region,
located at a close distance from the City of Marrakesh.
Standing 13,671 feet high,
Toubkal is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, North Africa and the Arab world.
7. Very few people in Morocco have their own private baths.
The norm in Morocco is to bathe in the iconic public hammam.
These baths are segregated and women tend to socialize there.
A visit to one of these baths with their body vitalizing massage
is enough to make you come out feeling brand new.
You can also visit some of the high-end hammams,
and there you are up for some real royal treatment.
8. The Morocco’s University of Karueein is the oldest in the world.
The University at Karueein was founded in the year 859 in Fes, Morocco,
and is currently the oldest operating educational institution worldwide.
This institution was a starting point for some of the greatest minds in human history,
most significant among which is the historian and philosopher
Ibn Khaldoun -best known for his book
the Muqaddima or Prolegomena,
which greatly influenced most of the later studies of sociology and history that followed it.
9. The rare thuya wood only Morocco possesses has been coveted ever since Roman times.
That rare type of wood can only be found in the western foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
And if you are a fan of Rolls Royce automobiles, you would be interested in knowing
that this was the first burled wood to be used by Rolls Royce
and producing luxury dashboards for their cars.
Thuya wood has basically always been synonymous with wealth and luxury.
10. The Moroccan city of Marrakech is often called the “Red City”.
即使在冬天 走在马拉喀什 你也需要做点防晒
Even during the winter, you need some sort of sun protection
or headgear of a sort to walk the city of Marrakech.
For those of you struck with heliophile,
the Red City might be your perfect resort when your skin is craving some sun rays.
However, Marrakech is not merely a beach resort.
The city has some of the most breathtaking historical religious and traditional sites,
as well as a number of marvelous Gardens.
11. The moroccan king is the 5th richest person in Africa.
By 2015 estimates, Forbes brought King Mohammed VI in the fifth place on its Africa’s fifty richest list
with a net worth amounting to 5.7 billion dollars.
He has also made it several times on Forbes List of the world’s richest kings several times over the years.
12. Morocco is currently ruled by the second oldest rating dynasty in the world.
King Mohammed Ⅵ of Morocco, the current Moroccan King, is the 23rd King
from the House of Alaouite which came to rule Morocco in the year 1631,
which claims decent from the islamic prophet Muhammad Bin Abdullah.
The oldest dynasty ruling today is a Japanese dynasty which was founded by Emperor
Jimmu, who is believed in Japan to be the descendant of a Sun Goddess Amaterasu.
13. Morocco has been a source of good wine for 2,000 years.
The Romans were the first to produce wine there.
Then the vineyards were shut down around the 7th century when Islam entered the country.
However, the French revived the vineyards when their occupation of Morocco began.
Boulaouane Vin Gris, a moroccan rosé, has been for years
one of the best selling wine brands in France and elsewhere in Europe.
14. More than 10% of Moroccans are expats.
According to the government estimates, 4.5 million out of Morocco’s population of 34 million,
which is 13% of the total population lived somewhere out of a hundred countries around the world.
France hosts the lion’s share of Moroccan expats,
with a Moroccan community amounting to around 1.5 million,
making up to 2.3 percent of France’s resident population.
Some of those Moroccan expats were able to rise to prominent status
in their host country, such as the current French Educational Minister Najat Vallaud Belkacem
and Labour Minister in the same cabinet Myriam El Khomri
and famous French Moroccan comedian Jamel Debbouze among many others.
15. Morocco has one of the best cuisines in the world.
If there is one thing that ever visitors of Morocco can testify to without dispute,
it’s the mouth-watering cuisine this country has.
无论你品尝的食物是库斯库斯 塔津 巴司蒂亚馅派
No matter what your taste in food is like between the Couscous,Tajine, pastilla,
and the various other gourmet pleasures, you can find here in Morocco.
Morocco is certainly the perfect destination for your taste buds.
实际上 在2015年美食家们的旅游景点食物排行榜中 摩洛哥菜位列第二
Moroccan cuisine was actually ranked the second best destination for food lovers in 2015,
and you are likely to find Moroccan cuisine restaurants
stuffed to their fullest with customers and many European cities.
With so many things to know and see in this magical land,
it is hard not to be tempted to pay it a visit
and get indulged in his culture, historical and natural allure.
请告诉我们 Alux网网友们 你最想游览摩洛哥的哪座城市？
Tell us Aluxers, which Moroccan city do you wish to visit most?
You can answer in the comments.
For those of you who stuck around thus far, we have a bonus fact for you.
这个奖励就是——茶 或者按照摩洛哥人说法 称之为威士忌 是这个国家的国饮
Bonus fact-tea, or as Moroccans often call it, whiskey, is the country’s national drink.
Thé a la menthe , green mint tea, was introduced to Morocco in 1854 by British merchants,
and since then it has captured the nation’s taste.
Its ultimate refreshment comes from it being brewed with mint leaves.
When it comes to tea, Moroccans are a bit too generous with the sugars.
You can click the top right corner to check out our video about the Best Places to Drink Tea.
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