Marrakesh – wonderful Islamic Art!

Apologies if  you are bored of the Marrakesh pics – if so skip this post. This one is devoted to the amazing places we visited. I was lucky enough to visit the Alhambra in Granada a  few years ago which is the most amazing place if you like Islamic art and architecture so it was wonderful to go to Morocco to see more. 

We visited the Saadian Tombs on our first day which date from the 1600s I think – members of the Saadian ruling family and their staff are buried here in wonderfully decorated chambers and gardens – full of cats sunning themselves! 

Marrakesh Tomb 3
The hall of twelve pillars
Marrakesh Tomb 2
Amazing carved ceiling and plasterwork arch

Marrakesh Tomb 1
The buildings in Marrakesh are mainly terracotta coloured which contrasts so well with the blue sky
Marrakesh Saadian minaret
The minaret of the mosque next to the tomb - this was a good orientation point as it was very near our hotel - helped us not get lost in the Kasbah!

On the second day we went out to La Menara which is a man-made lake with a summer palace and olive grove gardens – the best place to view the Atlas mountains and we had a great view of them as it had been raining the day before so all the dust had settled. 

Marrakesh Menara
Look at that for a view - beautiful snow capped Atlas mountains!

We then walked all the way back to the main square past the Koutoubia mosque – another good marker to let us know where we were and a beautiful building. 

Marrakesh koutoubia
The minaret of the Koutoubia mosque

Later in the week we visited the Madrassa Ben Youssef. This is an old Islamic college which was extended in the 1600s – it reminded me so much of the Alhambra palace. The wealth of detail and the standard of the workmanship are amazing – all the more so when you think that it has survived the last 400 years. Awe inspiring! 

We are off to Worcester this weekend to see my sister whose birthday it was last weekend – Happy Birthday Jacky – and to see Ellie.It has been a very busy week here but a very nice one – there has been sunshine (yes in Yorkshire!) and I even managed to get out in the garden and do a bit of clearing up and pruning for a couple of hours on Tuesday – a miracle.

I am making good progress with the wardrobe for the little bear I have made – am half way through the third dress for her so will hopefully be able to post those finishes soon – meant to take pics of what I had done so far today but forgot before it got dark!

I am also starting on a new stitching project on Monday – seems ages since I did any stitching but was inspired by a fabric purchase at the weekend to buy this chart that I have had my eye on for some time. JBW Designs  do some lovely charts and I am thinking of treating myself to their Christmas pudding one to stitch for my tree for this Xmas.

JBW - Rooster
JBW Designs Roooster

Will be back next week – thank you for visiting.

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2 thoughts on “Marrakesh – wonderful Islamic Art!

  1. I never tire of seeing Marrakesh as it was my favorite city when I lived there! I love the architecture and the rugs that are made in the Atlas mountains. That’s why the needlepoint I design is based on the rugs, tiles, and other Moroccan art that I fell in love with while I was there. Thank you for the additional inspiration.

  2. Hello Jan
    Thank you very much for visiting my blog – the art is fantastic isn’t it! Am off to have a look at your designs now.
    Alison

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