Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh (the capital) walled Medina, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling traditional ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns which offers an amazing tourist attraction sight.
Morocco has a population of over 33.8 million and an area of 446,550 km2 (172,410 sq. mi). Its political capital is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca.
Other than being a well preserved, peaceful and morbid destination, Morocco is also endowed with several amazing facts. Ranging from politics, religion and tradition, Morocco serves as an amazing destination filled with enchanting and exciting occurrences, and for which it is one of the most visited places in western Africa, by tourists all over the world.
Fasten your seat belts, as you are about to be taken on an interesting journey of discovery and amusement as we explore some interesting facts.
Here are some astonishing facts about Le Grande Cité, Morocco…
- Moroccan Berber women still have tattoos in geometric designs on their faces, sometimes covering much of their forehead, cheeks, and necks. These are marks of tribal identification and date from a time when it was necessary to be able to spot women of one’s tribe who had been carried off in raids.
- Moroccan widows are obliged to wear white for 40 days after her husband’s death to show she’s in mourning.
- Marrakech, Morocco, often called the “Red City,” requires sun protection and headgear of some kind all year-round, even during the winter time.
- Moroccan man or woman who is believed to be descended from the Prophet Muhammad, otherwise known as “Serfa” is given the title Lalla, Sidi, or Moulay.
- The symbol of the liver, not the heart, considerably symbolizes love in Morocco.
- Wusakh d-dunya, which is one of the words for “money” in Morocco, i.e. “dirt of the world.” Moroccan money is formally called the dirham (abbreviated DH), but it is normally referred to as flous.
- In 1913, Rabat was made the capital city of Morocco by the French, because Morocco had no fixed capital at the time.
- Dating since the 14th century, Moroccans have been writing about the world- beginning with their very own Islamic Scholar, named Ibn Battuta. Ibn travelled a record breaking 5,000 miles within 30 years. It might not seem as a record now but it certainly was during that era.
- Over 2,000 years ago, Romans began making wine in Morocco. However, with the establishment of Islam in the 7th century A.D., Moroccan vineyards were not kept up. Under the French Protectorate, the Moroccan vineyards were revived and, in 1956, passed into state control. The French company Castel retook control of Moroccan wine production in the 1990s. A rosé with an orange tint, also known as The Gris de Boulaoune, is one of the best Moroccan wines.
- Estimated to be 172,395 square miles (446,550 square km), Morocco is believed to be slightly larger than California.