The annual tour organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects this year was to Morocco. The tour group of 13 members and three spouses travelled to Morocco in mid October this year and toured the country for ten days.

They visited Casablanca the business capital of Morocco, and the imperial towns of Rabat, Marrakech and Fez and the Medina (market) a huge open-air bustling living market. The travellers also explored the ruins of the ancient city of Volubilis begun by Romans and occupied by a succession of Romans, Berbers, Jews and Carthaginian merchants..

The fascinating mix of cultures and the lifestyles, the splendid architecture of the palaces and numerous mosques, influenced by Roman, Spanish and Islamic styles featuring ‘u’ shaped arches, structural domes, courtyards, geometric mosaic patterns, bright colour schemes, use of ornamental Islamic calligraphy left indelible memories – a sure sign of a successful tour.