Old Medina, Casablanca

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    Ancienne Medina

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    SHOPPING AREA IN THE OLD MEDINA

    The old city of Casablanca (Ancienne Medina) is conveniently placed just off the main town square from where all avenues radiate, and close to the sea. But as you enter, you will see that it is not all that old after all in contrast to other Moroccan cities. The houses of Casablanca Ancienne Medina often have a form and size which would have made them natural elements in the "new" parts (Nouvelle city) of many other Moroccan cities.

    But still, it is very nice, even if it is very small. The best parts of the old city I saw were made up of shopping areas, where all types of products were sold. I saw the less visited quarters, the areas where people lived where colours and shapes and curves brought me far away from elegance of downtown Casablanca.

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    Old Casablanca (Ancienne Medina)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    IN THE OLD MEDINA, CASABLANCA

    If anything in Casablanca could fit the Casablanca of Bergman and Bogart, it could be the old city called Ancienne Medina (ancient medina).

    Notice that the old town was largely destroyed by the earthquake of 1755. Rebuilding took place in 1770 under the reign of Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah. Its tiny streets are full of shops/stores and small squares.
    It's small, consisting mainly of smaller houses, which all seem to be from this century, and the alleyways dominating in other old cities, are rarely found here. There is a good market there, but look around before you buy, shop keepers here know their skills. Some thousand people live here, and in some spots, true beauty occurs.

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    Doors

    by gusgom Written Oct 29, 2004

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    Clock Tower Door

    There are a few doors to enter the Medina, although this is the main door which is next to the clock tower.
    Just go right or left and get lost in the tiny streets.

    I recommend not to eat anything in the Medina, but shopping, you can buy as much as you want, but make sure before buying that you know that everything is fake.

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    Medina

    by gusgom Written Oct 29, 2004

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    There is a good coffee shop in front of the Medina, in the main square called "Cafe Roma". The Hyatt hotel is also in hte main square and has the Casablanca Bar in the ground floor.

    We had a great dinner, with a live jazz band playing just for 5 or 6 people.

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