Inside a medina exists the remnants of a thriving city. Artisan shops, palaces, fountains, mosques, monuments, schools and residential homes all make up its core. Nevertheless, animals, motorcycles and bicycles are the only forms of transportation that can run through most medinas. In some instances the streets were built narrow and confusing to slow down invaders. Thus, visiting the medina is like getting lost in a wonderful maze of alleyways, sinuous streets and dead ends.
Photo taken in the Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Carpe Diem: seize the moment. A kid having fun while walking home.
Echoing the fleets of ships that have sailed through the Straits of Melaka for centuries, the white “sails” of the Melaka Straits Mosque curve gracefully as though to catch the wind, floating on the shores of Melaka island.
This grand mosque is an impressive example of contemporary Islamic architecture although sails were probably not the intention of the architect as the vernacular should reflect god and nature not man made objects like ships.
Regardless, the curved petals and golden dome are a striking sight. Completed in 2006, the design draws inspiration from both Malaysian and Middle Eastern styles. The cool white interior opens to the sea allowing the refreshing breeze to waft through lofty archways framed by jali decoration and stained glass. An oceanside platform offers a place for quiet contemplation as someone stares out to the horizon.