Beautiful Ruins of Chellah

the mosque

the mosque

Chellah is this amazing place where you can see a fusion of different histories and cultures all at once. I was totally gagging. It’s located south of Rabat. The ancient Phoenicians and Carthagenians (the former awesome old captains of the Europeans seas) used to inhabit this place and most of North Africa. Carthagenians posed a military threat to the Romans as well as blocking their way to dominate trade so they decided to eliminate them. The Roman built Sala Colonia town on Chellah. It was a proper Roman city with Roman baths, a forum, a market and a triumphal arch (the Romans knew how to do globalization. Think of it as Americans putting McDonald’s in every city but with relaxing baths). Then Sala Colonia was turned into a Christian city when the Roman empire started falling. Afterward, the Muslim Almohad Dynasty (then ruling empire of Morocco after the Romans left) turned the city into an Islamic necropolis. It contains a grand mosque and elaborate royal tombs.

entrance of Chellah

entrance of Chellah

Chellah is huge. We explored the necropolis and mosque first.

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ducked into a lot of columns

ducked into a lot of columns

and squeezed into some

and squeezed into some

Then we explored the beautiful Roman ruins. I just love how extensive the Roman empire. Almost every city in Europe and North Africa had Roman ruins. Earliest form of globalization.

checking out marble columns

checking out thousand year old marble columns

time to relax

time to relax

Another stork!

Another stork!

If I could only read Latin!

If I could only read Latin! Could this stone be referring to Emperor Constantine?

small Roman baths

small Roman baths

I can't believe this is a small town. The center is pretty small but they had a small population two thousands years ago.

I can’t believe this is a small town. The center is pretty small but they had a small population two thousands years ago.

longing to be a - er half a Roman statue

longing to be a – er half a Roman statue

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