Published on January 1st, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
10 FACTY THINGS ABOUT MOROCCO
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1. MOVIE MAGIC
The Hollywood film Casablanca wasnât filmed in Casablanca, or anywhere in Morocco for that matter.
2. CULT CAFĂ
The village of Diabat has a cafĂ© 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 âParis of the Saharaâ.
4. TALL STORY
The minarets of Casablancaâs 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.
During Moroccan weddings, bridesmaids sign the bottom of the brideâs 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 worldâs reserves of phosphate, Morocco leads the world in phosphate production. A common ingredient in fertiliser, phosphate has been dubbed Moroccoâs âwhite goldâ.
8. JUST LIKE HOME
American writer Paul Bowles lived in Tangiers and once said: âTangiers is more New York than New YorkâŠlife revolves wholly about the making of moneyâ.
9. SOUNDS FISHY
Morocco is the biggest exporter of canned sardines in the world.
10. OLD SCHOOL
Founded in 859 AD, Moroccoâs University of al-Karaouine is the oldest existing and continually-operating educational institution in the world