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The Kasbah of the Udayas
©2011 By Tomasz Dziubinski

The Kasbah of the Udayas

Rabat, Morocco

The Kasbah of the Udayas was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on July 20, 2006 in the Cultural category.

A kasbah (Arabic: القصبة al-qaṣbah) or qassabah is a type of medina, Islamic city, or fortress (citadel). It was a place for the local leader to live and a defense when a city was under attack. A kasbah has high walls, usually without windows. Sometimes, they were built on hilltops so that they could be more easily defended. Some were placed near the entrance to harbors.

The Kasbah of the Udayas is a kasbah in Rabat, Morocco located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river opposite of Salé. It was built during the reign of the Almohads. When the Almohads had captured Rabat and destroyed the kasbah of the Almoravids in the town, they began reconstructing it in AH 544 / AD 1150. They added a palace and a mosque and named it al-Mahdiyya, after their ancestor al-Mahdi Ibn Tumart. After the death of Yaqub al-Mansur (AH 595 / AD 1199) the kasbah was deserted. The Almohads brought significant changes to the Rabat area, including the destruction and rebuilding of the Kasbah of the Udayas and turning Chellah into a royal necropolis.

Nikon D3S ,AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
1/320s f/11.0 at 85.0mm iso200 full exif

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Alexander Kazakov10-Dec-2011 14:03
Nice shot! V
Graeme01-Dec-2011 23:56
Great capture, Tomasz.V
Milan Vogrin01-Dec-2011 19:05
Nice image!V!
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak01-Dec-2011 07:38
Excellent !!! ~V~
fotabug01-Dec-2011 04:24
Gorgeous image! I love the contrasts of colors and tones. And the cild playing around the flower pot is a nice bonus
soulis01-Dec-2011 03:56
Great! V.
Herb Knufken01-Dec-2011 00:59
Well done
Marcia Colelli01-Dec-2011 00:50
Wonderful candid V
Light_Works30-Nov-2011 23:37
Nice work! V.
J. Scott Coile30-Nov-2011 23:19
So well seen.
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