A medina quarter is a distinct city section found in many North African cities. The medina is typically walled, contains many narrow and maze-like streets. The word "medina" itself simply means "city" or "town" in modern day Arabic. The Old Medina of Casablanca (the part of town pre-dating the French protectorate) attracts fewer tourists than the medinas of cities like Fes and Marrakech. We entered the medina from the clock-tower entrance, just off Place des Nations Unies. We meandered through the maze-like streets and came out of the gate close to Sour J’did. Close to our exit, we came across this building which looked more Chinese to me than Moroccan. I paused to take a picture but my wife, who was intent on getting to Hassan II Mosque, kept walking on. So I snapped a picture and hurried to catch up to her, not finding out what it was. I still do not know what it was! If anyone can read Arabic, I would appreciate a comment. I found another photo of this building on the internet (without any identification of the building) which is a close-up of the writing on the wall. So, today’s upload is really a plea for help.
Medinede Esrarengiz Bina
Medine semti birçok Kuzey Afrika şehrinde bulunan ayrı bir şehir bölümdür. Medine, genellikle surla çevrilidir, dar ve labirent gibi sokakları içerir. "Medine" kelimesi modern Arapçada sadece "şehir" veya "kent" anlamına gelir. Kazablanka Eski Medinesi (şehrin Fransız himayesinden önceki kısmı) Fes ve Marakeş gibi şehirlerin medinelerinden daha az turist çeker. Biz medineye tam Place des Nations Unies’den saat kulesi kapısından girdik. Labirent gibi sokaklarında salına salına dolaşıp J'did Surru’na yakın kapıdan çıktık. Bizim çıkışımıza yakın, Faslıdan daha bana Çinli gibi görünen bu binayla karşılaştık. Ben bir resim çekmek için durakladım ama Hassan II Camii’ne ulaşmaya niyetli eşim, yürümeye devam etti. Bu yüzden bir şipşak resim çekip ona yetişmek için acele ederken binanın ne olduğunu öğrenemedim. Hala ne olduğunu bilmiyorum! Arapça okuyabilen birinin yorumuna sevinirim. Ben internette bu binanın duvarındaki yazının daha yakın bir çekimi olan başka bir fotoğraf (binanın kimliğini açıklamayan) buldum. Yani, bugünkü yükleme aslında bir yardım çağırısı.
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rigoletto (34269) 2013-05-23 10:37
Selamlar Mr. Tanyel,
I'd love to answer your plea but unfortunately i have no idea what this building is all about nor even seen it, even though i entered the Casablanca Medina from the exact point you described in your note. I was also in a hurry towards the giant mosque, and actually it was such a tiny and boring Medina after all those mazes of Fes and Marrakech that i didn't even feel the urge to stop for a single snapshot. Besides, the weather was problably good on that day of your visit, the light looks good, making living colors. I was unlucky in Casablanca, it didn't rain yet there was a storm from the ocean side.
siudzi (33973) 2013-05-23 10:47
An interesting building with so many details and colorful elements of design. Good presentation taken during a beautiful day with great light conditions. Sharpness, clarity and exposure executed very well, TFS.
Miguel82 (24285) 2013-05-23 13:02
Instructive note and picture about Casa's medina Murat
Fine colors, good pov and sharpness
Have a good evening
kato (11630) 2013-05-23 16:52
You're capturing well this architecture by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see colorful architecture with many original colors of white, green, red and gold in medina quarter. It's interesting in arabic characters and paintings which was drawn on the front wall, too. Surely, it looks like African style from how to use a color and design.
Urs (14082) 2013-05-23 20:55
After reading your amusing intro I had a quick look at your gallery, there are some interesting shots, I think you got an eye for photography. I just clicked your latest contribution to TE which shows a monument I have not seen in Casablance. I have to admit, I do not like that town, there are much nicer towns and villages in Morocco.
The Yashica I just so many decades ago, I lost track of it, when I left Europe for good in 1982. Since then I work and live in South East Asia, sharing my photo passion - professionally and privately with my fellow Swiss wife. As you must have read, I now use Olympus, the Yashicas I can see in some flee markets in this part of the world, but not on sale in photo shops.
My wrist is slowly improving but it will take some 2 months or so more till it should be back to normal.
Your shot has captured the sunshine perfectly which produces warm colour hues. It is a true slice of the daily life of this city. Well done
jhm (140090) 2013-05-24 3:44
Your picture is wonderful taken with high quality made.
A Arabic building with Jewish star, almost is everything possible today.
We see real the perfect details of these construction.
Nice composition, splendid carefully presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ikeharel (58253) 2013-05-24 7:25
Beautifully spotted the painted walls with typical themes and Morocco map under an arc.
Fine contrast to whie, and mingle with the town houses and palm trees. Great harmony of diff. tones.
Have a nice weekend,
fabbs99 (16489) 2013-05-24 13:00
Nice colorful shot of this building, which I reckon has certain religious importance attached to it.The palm trees in BG gives it a little more Arabic flavor.Very well done.
Best regards and best wishes.
jmdias (56185) 2013-05-29 2:53
I am not sure but probably this is a small monument to the former king who took thousands of Moroccans, by foot, to western Sahara and invaded it without guns around 1975 when Spaniards wanted to give independence to this former Spanish territory . Moroccans said this area was originally from them and took control of the place, after this the inhabitants of that region tried to fight against but they never got the independence. in the mural we can see the map of the original morocco and the western sahara shown like an unique area and with the colors of Moroccan flag and the portrait of the king at side.
I liked the image, has a good clarity and sharpness and told us many about the country and its history. TFS.
fritzi007 (6157) 2013-06-23 12:27
What a beautiful photo. Great mix of colors, green is the color of the Prophet, very good image quality
thebest (4276) 2013-10-12 16:51
Morocco a destination I would love to visit - I cannot help you with what this building is - At a guess I would say it is a general store - newsagents - souvenir shop - I notice postcards at the right corner of the building - even though I laughed at your comments about the chances of it being of Chinese influence - I think not!
Interesting building great vibrant colours & nice decoration I can see why you were attracted to taking this shot... that's what photography is all about searching for sights that are different.
- Copyright: Murat Tanyel (mcmtanyel) (14133)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-04
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z980
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-23 10:20