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Published on January 1st, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

10 FACTY THINGS ABOUT MOROCCO

Camels, tagines and citadels. What’s not to love about Morocco

1. MOVIE MAGIC

The Hollywood film Casablanca wasn’t filmed in Casablanca, or anywhere in Morocco for that matter.

2. CULT CAFÉ

The village of Diabat has a café dedicated to Jimi Hendrix. Le Caravane de Jimi is located near the seaside town of Essaouira, which Hendrix once visited.

3. FRENCH FLAVOUR

Marrakech is known as the ‘Paris of the Sahara’.

4. TALL STORY

The minarets of Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque stand at 210 metres high, making it the tallest religious structure in the world.

5. SCATTERED IN STYLE

Fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent chose to have his ashes scattered in Marrakech.

6. SHOE-IN

During Moroccan weddings, bridesmaids sign the bottom of the bride’s shoe, with the name least visible at the end of the night being the next person to get married.

7. ECONOMIC GROWTH

With 75% of the world’s reserves of phosphate, Morocco leads the world in phosphate production. A common ingredient in fertiliser, phosphate has been dubbed Morocco’s ‘white gold’.

8. JUST LIKE HOME

American writer Paul Bowles lived in Tangiers and once said: “Tangiers is more New York than New York…life revolves wholly about the making of money”.

9. SOUNDS FISHY

Morocco is the biggest exporter of canned sardines in the world.

10. OLD SCHOOL

Founded in 859 AD, Morocco’s University of al-Karaouine is the oldest existing and continually-operating educational institution in the world

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