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Rabat, Morocco , Africa January 2013
Hats Heads Oct 2013
Taken inside the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.
The royal guard was having a break and chatting to his colleague.
Outside the gate ,the guards were on horse backs at the entrances
of the complex.
From the internet :
Facing the Hassan Tower is one of the country’s most important shrines, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which is open to non-Muslims. Here lie the tombs of the nation’s — and the current king’s — grandfather, King Mohammed V, and his two sons King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdellah. Designed by a Vietnamese architect and inaugurated 6 years after Mohammed V’s death in 1961, the building’s surprisingly plain exterior white walls and green-tile roof betray an interior of exquisite traditional Moroccan craftsmanship. Mosaics of zellij rise from the marble floor to a ceiling of gold leaf and hand-carved cedar wood, while the three ground-floor tombs are carved from white onyx. The tomb of Mohammed V is flanked by those of his two sons, all of which are visible from an interior balcony and guarded by elaborately dressed royal guards and fez-topped security agents.
Next door is the Mohammed V Mosque, constructed at the same time and used mainly for Friday midday prayers and on important holy days. The whole complex, which encompasses Le Tour Hassan and the Mohammed V Mosque, is open daily and guarded by royal guards.
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