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Kasbah of the Udayas
©2011 By Tomasz Dziubinski

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
1/1000s f/8.0 at 25.0mm iso200 full exif

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Brinn MacDougall24-Dec-2011 21:13
Ria de Nijs24-Dec-2011 20:24
Thank you for the info, Tomasz.
You made a wonderful photo of a beauatiful place! v
Betty Vlasiu24-Dec-2011 19:31
Stunning catch. Wonderful image.
soulis24-Dec-2011 18:35
Excellent work. Always! V.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad24-Dec-2011 17:58
Brilliant light and colour.
J. Scott Coile24-Dec-2011 16:55
You Rocked the Kasbah :-)
Bert de Vos24-Dec-2011 15:18
Excellent photo. Nice clarity. voted
fotabug24-Dec-2011 13:56
Wonderful photo! Rich in color, nicely composed and perfectly exposed!
Jim Coffman24-Dec-2011 13:20
Fabulous image! Well done...
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