Hassan Tower: Finest Piece Of Moroccan Architecture
The Hassan Tower is an incomplete minaret of Hassan mosque which was contructed with the intension of making largest minaret in the Islamic world. This unfinished tower roars the great style and design of Moroccans, though incomplete it completely wins the minds of visitors. Standing tall in Rabat, the imperial city of North African kingdom this structure has always been special place of visit in Morocco. This eight century old tower, adorned by beautiful gardens around it, was listed as world heritage site by UNESCO in the year 1995. The site also houses the Mosque and Mausoulem of Mohammed V and it is the place where he on retuning from exile, gathered thousands of Moroccans to thank God who gifted independence of their country to them. It is among the few sacred sites where non Muslims are allowed to enter. People who come here are amazed by the beautiful interiors and cherish the visit through their life.
Boulevard Abi Regreg, Rabat, Morocco
From the pages of past
The construction of this marvelous architecture began in 1195, during the reign of Yacoub al-Mansour. The mosque was erected to surpass the great Cordoba mosque which used to capital city of western Islamic world at that time. It is said that the mosque was designed by an architect named, Jabir, who modeled it on the minaret of Koutoubia which he built earlier. The construction of structure came to halt after the death Mansour in 1199, the hall of the mosque was destroyed by the violent earthquake. History experts say that the building of this colossal mosque, which was not compatible with the size of city Rabat that time, reflects the Almohade leader’s ambition to make the city his new capital as the place is strategically located between empire’s theen capital city, Marrakech, and the Iberian Peninsula which was under his kingdom that time.
The incomplete Hassan Tower showcases the magnificently huge dimensions of an unfinished mosque. Hassan Tower is soaring 44m high and greatly speaks of the breathtaking Moroccan Almohad architecture. This sandstone tower is 16m from each side and the exteriors are covered with Islamic calligraphy. The rectangular edifice which was supposed to be 88m high reflects the reverence which Moroccans had for mosques. Inside the structure there are ramps instead of stairs which reflects the architectural genius. Hasan Tower, the Koutoubia minaret and the Giralda tower are three sister towers that embodies the same striking feature distinguishing the Almohad minarets, rectangular in shape, the Islamic calligraphy and the unified design. These exhibit the great architectural and mathematical knowledge of that era and the advance building knowledge of that time, when cities of Morocco and Spain were talked for their much civilized taste, culture and learning.
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finlay (1547) 2010-11-26 1:20
I like your chosen pov. The columns run in diagonal alignments which is a strong feature of this shot and you have shown two sides of the tower. The inclusion of a few people in the distance is good. They are not obtrusive and help to provide a sense of scale.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2010-11-26 2:27
The light gives a splendid aspect to this field of columns. The minaret is well placed, its color is in harmony with the blue of the sky. Well considering. Cheer.
Have a nice day
sam224 (6215) 2010-11-26 2:38
Excellent depth for this shot captured with good light and long shadows.Nice saturation and point of view.
besnard (50818) 2010-11-26 3:56
Un cliché lumineux bien cadré avec toutes ces colonnes qui donne de la symétrie à l'ensembles. La présence de visiteurs donne de l'animation.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
JFS (32457) 2010-11-26 4:58
Great POV and great contrast of the red towers with the rest of the white columns. Delicious light. Good work.
Sergiom (50552) 2010-11-26 6:28
Les colonnes en premier plan offrent une très belle perspective et une profondeur à l'image. La tour carrée est très belle dans ce ciel magnifique.
francio64 (38256) 2010-11-27 2:39
immagine con un ottimo controllo delle luci le cui ombre unite alle colonne creano un piacevole grafismo.
Ottimo il DOF.
Have a nice WE.
yeln (11504) 2011-01-26 11:36
ta fotografija je pravi biser iz serije Marocco.
odličen POV in tudi barvni kontrasti. bravo!! tfs
lep večer, vojko
p.s. telefonsko številko sporočim kasneje!!
rodgerg (55767) 2011-02-19 6:50
I know this place! .)
Excellent présentation of this famous minaret with the ruins of the mosque which give a very graphic FG and too depht to the image. Superb light welle managed under this beautiful blue sky.
- Copyright: Csaba Witz (csabagaba) (6554)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-04
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC R1, ZeissVario-SonnarT*14,3-71,5 f/ 2,8-4,8, Soligor Blueline UV 67mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-26 0:54