Morocco simply translates as ‘the spot where the sun falls.’
It is a North African nation bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Rabat serves as the capital, while Casablanca serves as the largest city.
The North African nation has a population of over 37 million people and covers a region of 710,850 km2 (274,460 sq mi).
Al-Mamlakah al-full Maghribiyyah’s Arabic name translates as ‘Kingdom of the West’ or ‘Kingdom of the Evening’.
Due to Morocco’s strategic position, the country has been affected by a diverse range of cultures throughout the course of its long existence.
The country’s architectural heritage is a synthesis of Saharan African tribes, Islamic customs from its Arab neighbors, and European colonisers.
This smorgasbord of influences has resulted in a civilization unlike any other, as shown by the country’s distinctive architectural style.
Morocco is host to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it an incredible destination for adventurers and explorers.
If, like me, you consider the annals of history as harbingers of a yet-to-be-discovered future, Morocco is brimming with jewels for the seeker to unearth.
As the nearest African country to Europe, these territories have been traversed by various cultures and nations throughout the years.
Their houses and art have left a lasting impression that both tourists and residents will wonder at and maybe even behold.
The term kasbah has a variety of meanings, including “hold”, “old city”, “watchtower”, and “blockhouse”.
The kasbah’s original purpose is unknown – some argue that they were designed as lookouts, while others argue that they were held or even granaries.
Kasbahs are one of Morocco’s greatest cultural legacies.
These homes, which are exclusive to the oases, are concentrated in the southernmost reaches of the eastern High Atlas Mountains.
There are, however, a few kasbahs in the area around Marrakech, the Kingdom of Morocco’s fourth-largest district.
Kasbahs are made of indigenous mud or clay and are painted the same hue as the valley.
They build an arresting structure that is both austere and delicate.
The thick kasbah walls that climb to the sky serve as a reminder of these oases’ turbulent history, which was once rife with territorial battles.
The kasbah’s aesthetics express a preference for both sturdiness and subdued beauty.
As with the architectural practices of ancient civilisations and cultures, the kasbah coexist harmoniously with the natural world and landscape of which they are painstakingly constructed.
On the facades of kasbahs, the decoration motifs are often geometric–diamonds, chevrons, checkerboards, and arcatures.
Meticulous symmetry is lost when each exterior develops its own distinct personality and character.
To shield the dwelling from nefarious and malignant powers, objects such as tiny black stones, shells, and horseshoes are carved into the wall just above the entrance.
Life in the kasbah is as easy as it is in the nomadic nomads’ tents.
The furnishings are minimal and practical.
Life occurs in the dark, when only slanted beams of light penetrate the small gaps that grace the walls.
The absence of openings is deliberate and was designed to protect the building’s occupants while still providing thermal insulation.
Candlelight illuminates the evenings.
The morning ushers in the sweltering heat of the workday, complete with planting and herding.
Unlike us modern city dwellers, the kasbah’s inhabitants never saw the point of staying up late.