The Tile Mosaics of Epcot's Morocco Pavilion

Epcot's Morocco Pavilion is home to some of the most beautiful artworks in all of World Showcase. The first major expansion of World Showcase, King Hassan II actually sent his personal artisans to see to the architecture and to design and create the many intricate zellij mosaics.

Intricate Geometiric Patterns Reflect an Ordered LifeIntricate Geometiric Patterns Reflect an Ordered Life
The design and execution of zellij is an art form, a tradition, and even a form of worship. Due to Islamic religious beliefs on the content of art, the zellij only ever form abstract patterns and have no representations of living things. The geometric patterns reflect the Islamic belief that life is ordered by cosmic intelligence, even if people cannot always understand it. One of the cornerstones of the art is that every piece must be flawed because only Allah can make something that is perfect.

Zellij Illuminate Even Functional FeaturesZellij Illuminate Even Functional Features
The stunningly beautiful and unique art can be found adorning the buildings and public spaces in Morocco as far back as the 11th century and flourished during the 14th century. Both the cities of Fez and Meknez rose to prominence for their elaborate mosaics.

Fez House Represents the Typical Moroccan HomeFez House Represents the Typical Moroccan Home
Guests to the pavilion are treated to peeks into the culture of the Moroccan people through the Gallery of Arts and History. One of my favorite spots within the pavilion is the Fez House meant to represent the typical Moroccan home. The practice of decorating ones home with zellij continues to this day with Moroccans commissioning as much of the art as they can afford.

Do you enjoy the zellij in the Moroccan Pavilion? Have you ever taken the time to contemplate

Gaylin wrote on Wed, 10/03/2012 - 06:19:

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I love visiting the Morocco Pavilion, the quiet spaces, the beautiful tiles. Yes, I do take the time to stop there and contemplate life. And get a bowl of amazing cinnamon chocolate ice cream . . .

NancyV wrote on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 15:55:

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We enjoy the pavilion every year and this year actually ate in the table service restaurant and enjoyed the food and the entertainment very much.

Alison wrote on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:59:

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We loved Moroccan Pavilion! We ate at Marrakesh, and the food was phenomenal, and the belly dancers and musicians gave it such a great vibe!

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