I try to organize the memories of nearly a month of revisits by Sherifian Empire lands to try to put together a coherent account of influences or similarities between the two sides of the Straits to tabernarios friends and the first thing I can think of two negative comparisons to Cordoba. One in Tangier, a city where I feel so comfortable that I always have to boot to continue the journey or return. And it has to do with one of my favorite recreational hobbies that I can enjoy the true desire transgressive, sinful, in a Muslim country: the transfer of beer. The Moroccan beer is not good and the supply is very limited but Tangier is characterized by radical opposition to Cordoba, city sintapista quintessential, the most generous and practice extendidísima contapismo. In most bars Favorites, The Dean’s (mythical place where cogorceaban often Bowles, Borroughs, Tennessee Williams y compañía) and The Grand Later (vs. Post), addition burdensome Meson Ocaña you order a beer (always bottle: 1’5€) and a joy to put you tapaza: paella, tajine de pollo, sardines, jureles, etc., that does more for the concord of the nations and peoples of muEndo the Alliance of Civilizations Zapatero mache. And before you've finished the beer and you have trampled with another cover, which obviously will ask a new foamy. And so until you put foot on the wall and get out unscathed premises as possible. Then you can go to eat conventionally or not, depends on you being able gluttony, but I assure you it is not necessary.
The second I came at the southern end and has to do with equine turds and negative again in Cordoba. In an entry last mandatory contrasted controlled by a dodotis the horses dung gigs worldwide except in the cultural capital of the dung, Cordova. Well to Marrakech and has enforced his coachman with such hygienic standard that prevents scattering of stinky turds on public roads. And everything is because Noche Cordovan hueles the boñigas / leaving the streets / the cutreaurigas. The cutreaurigas with more balls in the whole world, along with his compadres vendors tourist bullshit Jewry, to any municipal authority has been able to bring to heel. Why be?
Twice I remembered my friend The Hill, our luxury hydrologist. The first was in Fez, specifically in the Bab Bou Jeloud, the most beautiful and famous of the medina. A chance put me on the track of the existence of the ruins of the medieval system (almorávide time, siglo XI) sharing water sources throughout the city. That is what we know here as a alcubilla. Just had a photo and text in a book I bought and talked about it putting it by the door. After asking several ciudadanos getting the thing to work out great, since no one could give me reason nor their location or accessibility. Al final, into a little hotel located just behind the door, the concierge confirmed to me his existence and exact location (behind a door with lock) where it stood. I said that was abandoned and from the terrace of the hotel you could see until recently but the construction of an annex eventually stop. But he led me to the exact location closed by a padlock, informing me that the key was getting almost impossible. So I had to make do with take a look garbled through the door gasket of wood just beside a small police barracks (pictured with a flag) from which ruins littered with garbage and jaramagos is appreciated.
The other occasion was in Marrakech and the famous Qubba Almoravid and in relation to the existing alcubilla on the north wall of the Mosque (current use in Catholic Cathedral). Also I have read something Ossuary door commenting that there was next to the Puerta de Almodóvar. So, have a practical test of the origin of the word alcubilla, coming directly from al-qubba = Dome, domed building. I would not know I determine the path followed by the etymology, but it seems that those buildings that housed the mechanisms for the distribution of water for public and private sources should be systematically cupulate. At least, the oldest preserved in the Arab world, for aught I know, it was. As is the Cordoba of the seventeenth century the north wall of the mosque. Although in all honesty MARRAKECHI small domed building is only for a probable ablutions hall of the mosque nearby, therefore unknown how would the rest of the complex roof.
The Qubba is the only building built by the Almoravids, founders of the city that remains standing. The main, the great mosque was destroyed by his successors almohades with the excuse that he was misguided. Filthy lie because it ruins are preserved as consecutively as opposed to the qibla wall of the current, work with the Almohad minaret, of Kutubbiyya.
Apart from this issue of water, Córdoba relationship with this building lies in the dome of the mihrab copy directly from the Cordoba mosque. Anyone who wants to learn about the qubba can do HERE and HERE. I took the entire complex thoroughly, the darkest cistern and the remains of complicated passages vats and tile without understanding much. But certainly gave insight into the complexity of the dynamic splitter. And especially impressed by the situation, several meters below the current street level.
Curiously kubba I will point that became the model for the Recent mausoleum in disneymoruno style that is built on the simple tomb that holds the remains of Almutamid, the king of Seville Cordoba was also, in the town of Agmat, about 30 Kmts de Marrakech, where he died in exile. Blas Infante, in years 20 he visited, what has become a pilgrimage site of the Andalusian nationalism. I, in return, I never did. This time it next time.
But my sense of wonder almost burst when I found another unusual influence of our distant capital city in the Moroccan desert. An annex to the resort have installed a small exhibition of pictures which narrate the evolution of the restoration of the qubba. So from a gallery of images ranging from the early twentieth century to today, makers have clashed with explanatory text panel, whose author is undoubtedly an infiltrate of the Cordovan cabinet council in the municipal tourist boards Marrakech. If NO, is not explained in the text, when referring to the Mosque of the call is Kotubbiyya Mosque. We will have to wait a few years when the touch switch panel to see if it follows the natural evolution and end up calling Catedral de Marrakech, Oldest mosque in the Kutubiyya.