Did you know that in Morocco, the liver is a symbol of love? Or that it’s home to the world’s oldest university? Here’s 7 incredible facts about this north African country…
1. Humans lived in present-day Morocco over 90,000 years ago.
Archeologists have found evidence of some of the earliest humans in history (including the very first pieces of jewelry) in this region of the world. That’s 50,000 years before the oldest cave paintings and 94,000 years before the earliest civilization!
2. There is a ski resort in Morocco.
That’s right! Morocco isn’t all dessert—much of the country is green and fertile, and the Altas Mountain range to the south is home to Africa’s highest altitude ski resort. This resort has camels that can take skiers from one run to the next and a chairlift that reaches 10689 feet!
3. Not a single scene of Casablanca was actually filmed in Morocco.
Though Casablanca, one of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s most famous films, takes place in Morocco, the entire movie was filmed on a set in Los Angeles.
4. In Morocco, the liver is a symbol of love.
Instead of the heart, Moroccans refer to the liver as the physical embodiment of love.
5. Morocco is the biggest exporter of sardines in the world.
Sardines account for 62% of Morocco’s fish catch and are an important feature of many Moroccan dishes. If you’re eating a tin of sardines, it’s likely to be from Morocco.
6. Morocco is home to the first university in the world.
It’s the University of Karueein and was built in 859.
7. In the 1950s and 1960s, Morocco was one of the most popular vacation destinations for American writers.
From Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg, to Tennessee Williams and William S. Burroughs, American writers traveled to Morocco to relax and write. Some of their most known works were produced in Morocco.