Morocco — Rabat

Rabat, the capital of Morocco, is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. It is home to the Royal Palace, one of the only locations in Morocco where one can legally photograph someone wearing a uniform. It is also home to Hassan Tower, begun in 1195 and intended to be the largest minaret in the world. In 1199, sultan Yacoub al-Mansour died and construction on the mosque and minaret stopped. Interestingly, instead of stairs, the tower is ascended by ramps, allowing the muezzin to ride a horse to the top of the tower to issue the call to prayer.

Photos taken June 2009 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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