Bab Boujloud, the Blue Gate, Fez Medina, Morocco
Bab Boujloud / Bab Bou Jeloud, the Blue Gate, Fez Medina, Morocco Fez, Morocco, 2013-11-17.
‘Built in 1913 during French Occupation, Bab (gate in Arabic) Boujloud’ or ‘Bab Bou Jeloud’ is the main gated entrance to the old Fez Medina and is also one of the most famous gates in Morocco.
The gate is colored blue (associated with wisdom in Islam) on the on the entrance side facing out of the Medina and an emerald green (the color of Islam and associated with paradise) on the other, reflecting a religious symbolism to the gates design.
The entire old, walled medina of Fez el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage protected site and is considered to be the best preserved example of a medieval medina in the Arab world. It’s labyrinth of streets are notoriously difficult to navigate and most of it’s layout, madrasas, fondouks, palaces, mosques and fountains date back to the 13th and 14th centuries, when Fez was the capital city of Morocco. It also is thought to be the largest pedestrianised space in the world. The heart of the medina is full of amazing Arab and Al-Andalus architecture and design, with a high concentration of stunning mosaic zelij displays.
- Chris Griffiths
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