Interesting facts about Morocco

morocco flag

The official name of Morocco is the Kingdom of Morocco.

There are about 33 million people living in Morocco.

Arabs and Berbers make up majority of the population of Morocco, followed by Jews and others.

Morocco has 2 official languages: Arabic and Berber. Berber is a dialect in North Africa that has
Afro-asiatic roots. French is also spoken by 1/3 of the population, and is a mandatory language in schools.

The capital city of Morocco is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca with nearly four million people.

Morocco gained independence from France in 1956.

A number of stone circles, present in Morocco, serve as the proof of its contact with the megalithic cultures of Atlantic Europe.

stone circles morocco

Morocco is believed to have been inhabited since the Paleolithic era in prehistoric times, sometime between the years 190,000 BC and 90,000 BC.

Green tea with mint and sweetened with sugar is very popular beverage in Morocco.Hot, sweet, and bracingly bitter, it punctuates Moroccan life like clockwork: green mint tea to wake up, green mint tea with pastries in the afternoon, green mint tea to round out every meal.

moroccan tea

Moroccan cuisine is very diverse. It features dishes from Europe, the Mediterranean, and its Berber roots. One of the most popular Moroccan dishes is couscous.

couscous

Because most of the country is Muslim, pork is forbidden by Sharia law in Morocco.

With temperatures as high as 35°C (95°F) and lows of around 5°C (41°F), Morocco features a beautiful
Mediterranean climate.

Toubkal or Tubkal is a mountain peak in southwestern Morocco, located in the Toubkal National Park.
At 4,167 meters(13,671 feet), it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and in North Africa.

toubkal tubkal mountain peak

Oukaïmeden, in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is the highest ski resort in Africa; however, snowfall rarely exceeds 20 cm (7.87 inches) annually.

The University in Fes, founded in 859 AD is the oldest existing, continually operating and the first degree awarding educational institution in the world according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records.

university in Fes the oldest university

The shrine of Sidi Yahya, situated in Oujda city of Morocco, is said to be the tomb of ‘John the Baptist’.

In Moroccan culture, traditionally the liver and not the heart, is considered to be the symbol of love.

There was a time when selling a date palm tree in Morocco was illegal as it was considered to be a source of food for families.

date palm tree

White is the color of mourning in Morocco. A Moroccan widow wears white for 40 days after the death of her husband.

The currency in Morocco is called the Dirham.

Many movies are shot in this exotic Country. In the year 2000, “Gladiator” was filmed here.

 

 

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