Videos tagged with "ancient"
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Walking through the Medina of Meknes, Morocco [02:00]
A walk through the crowded alleyways of the ancient Medina in Meknes, Morocco. You can hear the Muslim call to prayer at the beginning, and witness the crush of people moving through the markets.
Morocco's distinctive landscapes and enduring cultural heritage offer an enticing journey into the heart of North Africa. Part of Africa yet markedly different, Morocco is a fascinating study in contrasts. Old world medinas with noisy, narrow, winding lanes vie for attention with fashionable cafés, boutique shops and modern city centers. Sophisticated coastal cities such as Casablanca and Rabat boast an abundance of long white beaches, picturesque rocky coves and classic resorts. The imperial cities of Meknes and Fes showcase fine examples of Islamic architecture and tradition. Inland cities are warm and exotic, set among hills and palm groves. The rugged, snow-capped Atlas Mountains stretch 2414 kilometers/1500 miles through Morocco and beyond. Berber tribes have lived in the region for thousands of years, and were first mentioned in writings of ancient Egyptians. Long-established villages such as Aït-Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, serve as strongholds that preserve the Berber lifestyle, culture, music and art. The country is also rich in Jewish heritage, with the first migration into this area coming after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem; and a second wave arrived from the Iberian Peninsula in the period immediately preceding and following the 1492 Alhambra Decree, when the Jews were expelled from the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal. At its peak in the 1940s, Morocco's Jewish population exceeded 250000. Jewish heritage is seen throughout the ...
Roman Ruins in Morocco [01:20]
Ruins of the ancient Roman city of Volubilis in Morocco. Ruins date back to 3rd century BC
Mad, Mad Marrakech [02:32]
My last visit on my round-the-world expedition, Marrakesh is one of the most exotic cites on the planet. Here's a quick snapshot of my day on the streets of this ancient North African dynastic capital.