Ruins of the Hassan Mosque, where lies also the Mohammed V mausoleum, where I was standing when I shot it.
Apart from some broken columns (that came from came from the ruins of a Roman town), all that is left from the mosque is the 50 meters high minaret (the tower). The mosque and its minaret construction began in 1195 and were never finished. It would have been the second largest mosque in the world at that time. It was designed by the powerful Almohad king Yacoub Al Mansour, a Berber whose empire went as far as Tripoli, in actual Libya and much of the South Iberian Peninsula. He appears in our Portuguese history of the man who gave our first king his biggest defeat. The construction works seem to have stopped shortly after his death in 1199.
The place is very well kept and is located on the top of a hill with impressive views in every direction - one can see much of the old part of Rabat and the sister town across the Bou Regreg River, Sale, the estuary of that river and the sea.
I have posted other photos of this place: «Hassan tower I», «Hassan tower III», «Mohammed V Mausoleum and Mosque and «Mohammed V Mausoleum».
I have also other photos in WS's:
A «zoomed and cropped version of this photo», «Mohammed V Mausoleum and Mosque» and a couple of others shot near the base of the tower: «view towards the sea (West)» and «view towards Sale (North)».
I have a 'travelogue' of this trip of mine to Morocco (not a real travelogue, I have set it up just to group the posts).
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Gustaw (21670) 2006-10-28 14:44
O! Marocco and Rabat. My holiday in this year! I have some photos from Marocco. I been in this place and it was interesting. Photo is good have good quallity, I like your composition.
robertosalguero (246) 2006-10-28 14:46
Interesting shot of the this architecture. The main tower definitely dominates the landscape of the holy park. Having the tower in the background and the pegs in the forground help us to get a better idea of what the place looks like. Definition and colors are good here. Good work Jose.
Donald (136) 2006-10-28 17:42
Hi Jose, Very, Very good Work your DOF is realy good and I like your POV, the pegs look good and I love your blue sky as it always cheers me up to see a blue sky. Well done and the Tower a very nice building. A very good note.
bostankorkulugu (42258) 2006-10-28 20:52
Beautiful shot jose. Good light, vivid colours, great compo. The only bad thing is that light post on the left.
celinaconroy (717) 2006-10-29 3:48
Your POV is excellent...when I visited the mosque last year I tried all sorts of angles to get one that was half as interesting as yours. It's such an amazing feature at the complex. My one concern is that there is someone moving behind the intricate metal decoration at the head of the stairway, thus it detracts from the filigreed detail.
sufi (9588) 2006-10-29 7:11
It's a nother wonderful point of view from Hassan Tower... The perspective is also wonderful... The colors, the natutal light and the clarity are beautiful...
cuneyt-sb (6576) 2006-10-29 11:57
Very good framing and perspective,
Nice colros and thanks for usefull notes
Well done Regards
UnTrained (0) 2006-10-29 14:43
well presented. It is a very interesting POV giving a lot of perspective and depth. I miss anything to find dimensions. Is there a door at the bottom of the tower?
pboehringer (770) 2006-10-31 22:28
Very graphic picture with all the white columns in the fg and finally the red-brown tower or what remains of it. As a contrast the dark blue sea as backdrop works very well. What is the metallic thing in the right corner?
Best Regards, Peter
jmdias (59174) 2006-11-05 13:27
bela foto, cores e pov bem interessantes, nitidez e luz também ótimas. Penso que um ponto de vista mais baixo, ocultando o mar poderia ter sido interessante também.
henrytf (985) 2006-11-08 17:56
Belle photo des ruines de la Mosquée de Hassan.
Les couleurs sont très belles avec une mise au point remarquable du premier plan jusqu'au lointain.
J'admire la définition des détails.
picardo (2459) 2006-11-10 5:57
Very intresting place. Intresting note too. Nice composition with the tower at the background and the "thing" at the foreground... all perfectly focused. There is a strange perspective effect that makes the "thing" looks like at the same size of the columns... but I'm not wrong... it is smaller than the column... isn't it ?...I wonder what is that "thing"...
P.S.: Thanks for your comments.
rigoletto (34279) 2006-11-17 16:51
What a 3D effect you have here Jose! Amazing postmodern looking construction, the columns look modern indeed, however the tower and the bronze group in the front represent the past.
pippo (596) 2006-11-29 11:58
u have a lot of good picture!!!
this is one of my preferite, the composition is very good!
i back tomorrow to watch all your gallery....
sergio1 (12152) 2007-01-08 8:27
Interesante composicion del Mausoleo. La definición de la foto es fantastica y me gusta mucho el copntraste de la torre con el cielo azul. Buenos detales.
sebcz (2345) 2007-01-21 9:55
The combination of the blue sky and those white stone structures make for a great effect. Very neatly composed.
marjan (6279) 2007-01-24 1:03
hi jose, your photo is verty nice, goodcomposition, different than my, your present all area ofthis wonderful place and for this is much better than my. Especialy becousee a sea in background.
paura (47184) 2008-03-27 2:20
O eeito de profundidade propiciado pelo bom ponto de tomada ficou muito interessante. A torre tem lindos elementos constitutivos e estão muito bem retrataos.
- Copyright: Jose Pires (stego) (24124)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-24
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Olympus E-300, 14-45 mm Zuiko Digital, CF 2GB, UV
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Morocco 2006
- Theme(s): ancient towers from all the world, Mosques around the world (I) (Arab countries) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-28 14:35