Supporting Aghmat is the proposed Charity for 2020
THE ARCHAELOGICAL SITE OF AGHAMT
- LOCATION – 30 KM FROM MARRAKECH
- RUINS SEEN TODAY ARE 11 CENTURY
- AT THE TIME OF WRITING – HAMMAM, ANCIENT PALACE, ANCIENT MOSQUE,
- BEGINNINGS OF PATH WAYS AND SMALL SHOPS/ABODES
- Coordinates: 31°25′21′′N 7°48′4′′W
The city of Aghmat is thought to be the oldest Moroccan urban town and predates the foundations of Marrakech. It was in a perfect location for traders and a meeting place for learned people. The Almoravid empire started in the second half of the 11th century.
Vanessa Somers Vreeland, mosaic artist and wife of Frederick Vreeland, US Ambassador to Morocco saw three protruding humps in the ground and instinctively recognised that they were part of an ancient Hammam. Vanessa and her husband financed the beginnings of the excavation. They employed Professor Ron Messier as the chief expert, and later with Professor Abdullah Fili.
The Foundation of Aghamt was started in 2005 and runs in together with the Ministry of Culture.
“L’Association de les Amis d’Aghamt” is in formation and will work hand in hand with the Ministry of Culture giving more protection and promotion to the precious site at Aghamt. The glories that once were the capital of Morocco will soon be again.
The 1-54 contemporary African art fair and Rocco Orlacchio of the Voice Gallery organised an installation in amongst the ruins by artists Omar Berrada, Oli Bonzanigo, M’barek Bouhchichi, Michele Ciacciofera and Sara Ouhaddou.
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