Photographer's Note

‘Meknes - Bab Mansour & Place el Hedim’

In the late afternoon the Place el Hedim at the heart of Meknes turns into a very lively square, a bit like the Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech.

Compared to this latter I have to admit that here the crowd is smaller (with far fewer tourists than in Marrakech) but the surrounding city walls and the gate of Bab Mansour make this square - at the architectural level - much more beautiful and interesting.

It was a warm day in April with quite a lot of clouds in the sky. In the early evening the setting sun created nice colours on the walls and on the Bab Mansour (behind the crowd on the picture).

The Bab Mansour is the biggest and finest gate in Meknes and an interesting adaptation of the classic Almohad design.
It was completed in the middle of the 18th century. Most of the time it’s closed but you can pass through a small entrance a bit further.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3953 W: 17 N: 9026] (37808)
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