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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 D3 ,Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/25 ZF
1/400s f/8.0 at 25.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
J Ponces26-Jul-2012 14:06
Fabulous contrast and frame! I miss this lens!...
larose forest photos24-Dec-2011 16:25
Such a beautiful shot, wonderfully composed. And the colours are sublime. V
jlm15-Dec-2011 19:39
Great colors
Arthur Lebacq02-Dec-2011 08:40
A lovely shot....beautiful textures and color contrast....nicely composed too.....great shot.....VV
Milan Vogrin02-Dec-2011 08:30
Nice compo!
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak02-Dec-2011 07:36
Excellent capture! ~V~
Tom Munson02-Dec-2011 02:35
Beautiful work!!
John Vass02-Dec-2011 01:52
Love this! Well seen!
Graeme01-Dec-2011 23:55
I love the colour blue and the textures of the stone work. A wonderful candid scene, Tomasz.BV
lou_rozensteins01-Dec-2011 22:39
Loverly colour and textures. Well done.
Sam_C01-Dec-2011 21:24
Excellent shot, great timing! V++
marie-jose wolff01-Dec-2011 20:53
very nice street scene with that cute little boy,
beautiful colors and textures! V
Reykjavik Abstractions / Stefán Ólafsson01-Dec-2011 20:45
Great shot, clear and colorful. V
Nestor01-Dec-2011 20:42
Excellent candid image you captured the youngster in the perfect spot .
Very observant and perfectly timed.
Jim Coffman01-Dec-2011 20:17
Excellent capture with amazing color and detail! V
Walter O. Koenig01-Dec-2011 20:05
Great street candid. I like the vivid blue and textures on the wall. "V"
Jean Chiasson01-Dec-2011 19:57
Wow stunning image Tomasz big vote
J. Scott Coile01-Dec-2011 19:55
What a super perspective bender.
fotabug01-Dec-2011 19:04
Very nice timing for placement of the boy in relation to the door, etc. Excellent image
soulis01-Dec-2011 18:55
Great shot! V.
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