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I am very glad I found this guide BEFORE our recent trip to Morocco. After reading it, I was much more enthusiastic about visiting the madrassas in the cities we visited. Very clear explanations of the designs that you will see at the various buildings. History and background of the different architectural styles and designs are well-explained. We first found these Approach Guides before a trip to India. This one did not disappoint.
I used their guides for S. E. Asia and found them very detailed and very useful if you are interested in the culture and architecture. Not a "cheap shopping" guide. Since I spend a lot of time in Morocco I was curious on how they presented it. Bottom line, I wished I had seen this book before. Am going back in April and will use a lot of the information on things I had missed. Make sure you watch their linked videos.
Don't leave home without it! I was on tour for 2 weeks in Morocco in Nov. and Dec. 2014 and found this guide invaluable. It begins with generous introductory material about the architecture and decoration seen in Morocco. Monuments in 6 cities are well described with maps and highlighted closeup photographs: Rabat, Salé, Meknes, Fez, Marrakech, Casablanca. The most important sites are indicated by a * (13 out of 23). I visited 13 of the 23 monuments described in the guide and found the * rankings very helpful to prioritize the most important sites to see with limited time. I learned about some gems only through this guide: 1) Abu al-Hasan Madrasa in Salé, which is a beautiful courtyard building that you will have all to yourself and that is similar in style to the most famous madrasas in Fez and Marrakech, 2) Koutoubia Mosque's Minbar in the Badi Palace in Marrakech, which is described by the authors as the highlight of Badi Palace; in my experience, this is one of the highlights of my trip to Morocco. This sacred pulpit was constructed in Córdoba, Spain, in 1137 and stood in an earlier mosque in Marrakech that was replaced with the Koutoubia Mosque, where it stood until the 1900s. It was restored by a U.S.-Moroccan team headed by the Metropolitan Museum in the late 1990s. The guide provides links to the texts of 2 very complete and helpful references with closeup photographs; no photos are allowed at the actual site. Although other guidebooks mention or describe briefly the Minbar, only this guidebook goes into detail.
It was so easy and fulfilling to anticipate each city we visited in Morocco through the photos and background provided in the e-book. I looked for a hard copy to drag along, but the internet services though out the country made the e-book work just fine.