A Film Location Called Morocco – Overview

Morocco film locations are located in three major areas: The imperial and contemporary cities, the mountains and the desert.

  • The cities:

Since centuries; the dynasties that have ruled the country, built the four cities that are called, here in Morocco: Imperial Cities. The city of Fes, considered as the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, was built by the Idrissid dynasty (Al Adarissah in Arabic). When the Almoravids (Al Mourabitines in Arabic) took over, they built Marrakech, also called the red city because of the colour of its walls and buildings.

At the end of the Almoravids governance, the Almohads (Al Mouahidins in Arabic) drove them out of Marrakech, built Rabat then made it their capital. Meknes was built during the governance of one of the sultans of the Alaouites dynasty, Alaouiyines in Arabic, Moulay Ismail. During the reign of Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Moulay Ismail’s grand son, Casablanca and Essaouira were reconstructed and fortified in the 18th century. Kenitra and Ouarzazate were built by the French, in the first half of the 20th century, as military garrisons.

  • The mountains:

The Rif Mountains, in the north of Morocco, are part of the cordillera Baetica, a mountain system in the south of Spain. Besides, the beauty of the landscape, the major cities of the region: Tangiers, Tetouan and Chefchaouen, have a typically Spanish architecture which reminds the south of Spain. The Atlas Mountains cross Morocco from the north east to the south, break up to three ranges: the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas and the Anti Atlas. The highest altitudes go more than 4000 metres and snowfall can be very heavy during the winter, both in the Middle Atlas (Ifrane and Azrou) and the High Atlas (Oukaimeden, Imlil and Ighrem).

The Atlas ranges are a natural obstacle that prevents the Atlantic depressions. As a result, the region in the east to the mountains and below, in addition to its proximity to the large Sahara of Mali, present a contrasted landscape of bared mountains, the water invisibly flows under magnificent oasis, surrounded by thousands of palm trees and narrow cultivated parcels of land. Kasbahs solemnly stand, higher in the scenery. Large sand dunes, in the south east of the Ziz Valley and the town of Erfoud, are a sought film location for filmmakers and favourite place for tourists.

Rachid Gaidi
http://www.moroccofilmlocation.com
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