The Kingdom of Morocco is located in the Northern part of the continent of Africa. Morocco is known for its rich and diverse culture. Preservation of ancient heritage as well as the influence of the European nations, makes this country full of diversity. The famous cities like Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Fes etc. are located in this country. Take a look at the following facts about Moroccan culture, history, geography, etc.
Facts About Morocco
Facts About Morocco
- Although known simply as Morocco, the official name of this country is the 'Kingdom of Morocco' or Al-Mamlaka al-Maghribia' in Arabic.
- Morocco is located in the Northern part of Africa. It borders the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The country is located in between Algeria and Western Sahara.
- The capital city of Morocco is Rabat. Casablanca is the largest city, and also the industrial or the commercial capital of the country.
- While Arabic is the official language of this country; other languages like English, French and Berber dialects are also used extensively here.
- The majority of the population in Morocco is Muslim. But, a considerable amount of Catholic and Jewish population is also found in this country.
- As this country is located in between the continents of Africa and Europe, a lot of European influence is found in it. The different languages spoken here are the proof of it.
- Morocco is known for its beautiful mountains, desert and its fascinating beaches. If you are wondering what is the best time to visit these place, then note that you need to avoid the deserts from February to April. From April to October, and again the month of February, are the best times to visit the beaches and the mountains.
- Morocco was a French colony till 1956. In this year, the struggle for freedom ended and the country gained independence.
- Another interesting historical facts is that Pope Sylvester II learned mathematics at the University of Fes (or Fez), which is believed to be the oldest Universities in the world.
- One of the best Morocco facts for kids is that, according to the history of this country, in olden times, selling a date tree was illegal as dates were the prime source of food and livelihood for people.
- The legendary stone circles are also found in some places in Morocco. These circles prove a link to the megalithic cultures found in Atlantic Europe.
- The city of Marrakech (also Marrakesh) is a 'must watch' and one of the major cities in Morocco. With a line of tiny shops, it has one of the biggest markets in Morocco. The Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakech is also one of the busiest squares in the country.
- When talking of facts about Casablanca, Morocco, one should note that it is also one of the major cities in Morocco. The tallest minaret in the world, in Hassan II mosque, is located here.
- The shrine of Sidi Yahya, which is situated in Oujda city of Morocco, is believed to be the tomb of 'John the Baptist'.
- Textiles, phosphate rock mining, food processing, leather goods, etc. are the prominent industries in Morocco. It is also one of the major exporters of clothing in the world.
- 'Abd al-Karim, Nawal El-Moutawakil, Aziz Bekkaoui, Mohammed Berrada, etc. are some of the world-famous Moroccans.
- Capital ~ Rabat
- Largest city ~ Casablanca
- Official language ~ Arabic
- Prominent Religion ~ Islam
- Currency ~ Moroccan dirham (MAD)
- Type of Government ~ Constitutional Monarchy
- Incumbent Monarch ~ Muhammad VI
- Population ~ 31.6 million