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Information about Rabat

Information about Rabat

Capital of Morocco since 1912, it is an elegant and quiet town that contrasts with its exciting past. Founded in the X century as Ribat (fortified monastery), it was the capital of Yacoub Almansur in the twelfth century and Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah in the XVII century.

Inhabited since the third century BC, it hosted a Phoenician port, later Carthaginian and finally Roman. With open spaces that overlook the ocean, Rabat is a pleasant stroll to enjoy the relaxing pace of this privileged city.

What to do

What to do in Rabat

VISIT THE MEDINA

It is located between the estuary of the Bouregreg and the Atlantic Ocean. The wall of the Andalusians and Moriscos (built by them in the XVII century), to the south, separates it from the city center.

VISIT THE SOUK

Of course, not to be missed: Souk el Sebat (textiles, jewelry) or Tehti Souk, where most appreciated carpets of Rabat are sold.

LA RUE DES CONSULS

Another important artery where once lived the foreign representatives.

MULAY MEKKI MOSQUE

With carved wooden door and a vault with painted ceiling (XVIII century).

THE OUDAIAS KASBAH

The enclosure of the kasbah is from the Almohad period, except the part that surrounds the Andalusian Garden. Stresses the door Oudaias built in ocher-red carved stone and attributed to Yacub elMansour, which is considered one of the jewels of Almohad art. Inside the kasbah also deserve mention Cemetery on Alou, the Jamaa street (where it is the oldest mosque in Rabat, the s XII), the Tower of the Pirates and the Andalusian Garden. Visiting the kasbah is indispensable to stop at the Café Moro to sip mint tea and delicious "gazelle horns". Beautiful panoramic view of Bouregreg estuary from the platform of the ancient semaphore.

HASSSAN TOWER

Unfinished minaret of a mosque built by Yacoub el Mansour, at whose death was interrupted. It fits in the style of the Koutoubia in Marrakesh and the Giralda in Seville and is located in an esplanade with beautiful marble columns.

MAUSOLEUM OF MOHAMED V

Se denomina de esta manera a todo el complejo de edificios que comprende al Mausoleo propiamente dicho. Obra maestra del arte tradicional marroquí, en madera pintada, estuco, mármol esculpido y bronce cincelado. En él se hallan las tumbas de Mohammed V y HassanII.

It is called in this way the whole complex of buildings comprising the Mausoleum itself. Traditional Moroccan art masterpiece, painted wood, stucco, carved marble and chiseled bronze. In it, there are the tombs of Mohammed V and HassanII.

NECROPOLIS OF CHELLAH

With meriní origin, in its enclosure there is the necropolis and the ancient Roman city of Sala, with abundant remains of buildings.

OUTER FACE OF ROYAL PALACE

«Dar el Makhzen». Spectacular set of beautifully crafted buildings which hosts a palace of modern construction, a mosque and several government buildings, amid great tree-lined avenues.

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