Sights in Rabat

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Rabat Sights are an interesting blend of contemporary lifestyles blended seamlessly in some of the most charming, historic landscapes. Situated along the northwestern border of the African continent, Morocco is among the few nations that boasts of an amalgamation of many religions and cultures that have co-existed peacefully for many centuries.

Morocco Hassan Mosque

Morocco’s cultural diversity is best exemplified by its very palpable European orientation among its buildings and local customs that exist in background of awe-inspiring historical, Islamic landmarks like the Hassan Mosque. The Hassan II should not be confused with the Hassan II Mosque that is located in the nearby city of Casablanca, though both of them are considered equally significant in the Muslim world.

The architectural style of the Hassan Mosque is very unique—one of the rare remnants of the Almohad style of architecture. The minaret is actually an unfinished piece of construction dating back to the 12th century. Standing tall at 40 meters, it was intended to surpass the 60-meter mark to achieve the status of the tallest building of Islamic worship.

However, the minaret’s construction was stalled when its patron Sultan passed away. The base of the Mosque is equally intriguing with numerous semi-erect pillars, some ravaged by earthquakes, creating a unique ambiance. Spotting the Hassan Mosque isn’t difficult since it is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. The Mosque is located at Boulevard Abi Radraq Street, along the north-east corner of Ville Nouvelle.

Andalusian Gardens of the Palace Museum

The Palace is among the handful of fortress-like, Almohad buildings in entire Africa. Now, converted into a heritage building, it houses the Museum of Moroccan Art and Culture. The Palace Museum is often quoted as the global authority on handicrafts and jewelry from the Berber era. Built in the 17th century, the Palace is revered by the Moroccans since it was built by an Almohad sultan who made the first, recorded attempt to unify the fighting tribes under a regimented rule.

The Andalusian Gardens are essentially a reminder of the colonial history of Morocco. Spread across the front-end of the Palace’s grounds, the Andalusian Gardens are styled in the typical, French custom. Built in the 20th century, the Gardens present an exotic spread of perennial flowers like oleanders and bougainvillea grown in dedicated garden borders, along orange and lemon trees.

Special meetings are held in the Gardens on Sunday afternoons, reserved for women who congregate from various parts of Morocco. Apart from the exhibits put forth by the Museum, the Palace provides sufficient reasons to be visited for its hand-crafted patios and the royal halls that are still adorned with majestic rugs. The gardens are located on Rue Bazzo, Mechouar, Rabat, along the backside of the Kasbah des Oudaias. They are open every day, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on all days except Tuesdays.

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Jamacia Mon castle

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The Bab Rouah is one of the most beautiful alean mocity wall gates in Morocco. It is located at the south east end of the walled city, near the Royal Palace. You can enter the gate free of charge. There are frequent expositions, mostly focussing on modern Moroccan art and generally speaking they are not too bad.

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Museum of Antiquities / Musée Archéologique

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Rue Brihi, closed tuesdays. It's the best in its kind in Morocco. Especially the collection of bronzes is nice.

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tel:Tel: 00212-37- 70-22-24 or 00212- 37- 70-19-19
openingHours:9-11 a.m. and 14.30-17.30p.m. (except tuesdays)
address:23, Rue Brihi

Chellah

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Just outside of town. Very nice ruins. This was the town until it was abandoned in the 12-th century. Now there are ruins of a Mosque and graves of Merinide Sultans. This is one of the view mosques you'll see from the inside. The surrounding garden is great, especially when there are storks.

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Old City of Sale

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The old city of Sale is definately worth a visit. There is a good Medersa, there are small winding streets lined with shops as well as very impressive city gates.

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Kasbah des Oudaya

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With a small museum, a terrific garden, small streets and the best cafe in town, the Casbah should be on top of your list. Entrance is free, except for the museum (10 DH).

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Tour Hassan & Mausoleum

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The Tour Hassan, built in Almohadic times, still stands tall. Although it was never finished it is still am very remarkable monument. The tower was built at the same time as the Giralda in Sevilla.

Facing the tower is the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V. On fridays you can see the change of the guards. reda: good

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Bab Mrisa

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The Bab Mrisa is the most interesting Gate of the Walled city of Sale. The gate is higher than you will normally see, this is due to the fact that there used to be a canal going through it, so in the pirate days of the city, the ships could go into the city directly.

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