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12 best tourist attractions in Rabat
As the capital of Morocco, Rabat is home to the most important museum in the country, the Royal Palace and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, as well as several places of historical interest. Situated right on the Atlantic Ocean, with the Bou Regreg River running west separating it from its sister city of Salé, Rabat is a pretty place. It has a much calmer atmosphere than nearby Casablanca. And for many tourists, a visit to Rabat can be a pleasant surprise and a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of other Moroccan cities. History buffs will surely enjoy strolling through the Challah excavation area and exploring the enchanting Oudaias Kasbah. After visiting Rabat, you can go by train to Marrakech to visit. After that, you can start a 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes for a unique experience.
1 Oudaias Kasbah
The Kasbah district of Rabat is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. Within the walls of the 11th century fortress, a quiet little neighborhood of twisting white and blue Andalusian-style streets was built. This is the perfect place for aimless, winding walks, and its winding alleys are a joy to photograph. Do not miss visiting Rue el Jamma within the district, where you will find the Kasbah Mosque . Built in 1150, this is the oldest mosque in Rabat. Avid photographers should also note that the district has good views of Venta and the Atlantic Ocean.
2 Hassan Tower
Built by the Almohads, the unfinished Hassan Tower was the work of the ruler Yacoub al-Mansour and would have been the minaret of his grand vision of a mosque on this site. After his death in 1150, the building was abandoned, and this 45-meter-high tower is all that remains of his original plan. Beautiful and intricate motifs and designs cover the tower’s façade, signaling the sumptuousness of what al-Mansour had in mind. Hassan Tower is to the side of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.
3 Mausoleum of Mohamed V
The gleaming mausoleum of King Mohammed V lies in the same place where, upon his return from exile in Madagascar, he gathered thousands of Moroccans to thank God for giving their country independence. The opulent tomb chamber is resplendently decorated, with zellige tiles covering the walls around the large marble tomb. It is a showcase of traditional Moroccan design. Non-Muslims cannot enter the adjoining mosque, but can view the tomb chamber of the mausoleum from above, provided they are respectfully dressed (shoulders and knees covered).
4 Chellah Necropolis
The remains of the 14th century Merenid citadel-city of Chellah are an atmospheric place. The walled ruins are located in an older Roman city called Sala, of which archaeologists discovered evidence in the 1930s. Today, parts of both settlements can be seen. Chellah prospered as a Merenid citadel in the early 14th century. The ruins of mosques and mausoleums that they built here are now covered in brambles, providing nesting sites for storks. The excavated Roman part of the site includes a forum, a bath, and a temple. To get a good overview of the Chellah ruins, a view terrace offers great views of the site.
5 Oudaias Museum and Andalusian gardens
Inside the Kasbah Oudaias are the beautiful Andalusian gardens , which were featured in the early 20th century. The Oudaias Museum , located within the gardens, is housed in the opulent 17th-century loggia built by Moulay Ismail as his first residence in Rabat. At the end of the farmhouse, a room shows an ancient Moroccan interior. Brocade, silk and gold cushions cover the daybeds around the room. A little further on is a display of ancient illuminated Quran, jewelry, pottery, and musical instruments.
6 Museum of Archeology of Rabat
Built in 1932 and expanded a few years later to display excavated finds, this museum is home to the best archaeological collection in Morocco. The prehistoric section gathers human remains from the Middle Paleolithic to the Neolithic period, illustrating the continuity and size of the population at this time. Pre-Roman civilizations are well represented. The Roman and Hellenistic exhibits are famous, and the collection of bronzes is incredibly impressive. Even if you are not a museum person, this is the only museum on your trips to Morocco that you should not miss.
7 Medina
The medina area of Rabat has a distinctly Andalusian style, as most of the architecture dates from the 17th century, when Muslims arrived from the Andalusian region. This makes it very different from the medinas of Fez and Marrakech. The two best shopping streets are Souk es Sebbat and Rue Souka, and a number of interesting buildings within the district make wandering around here worthwhile. In particular, watch out for the Koubba Mosque as well as the Merenid Fountain and Great Mosque both on Rue Souka. The Mellah (Jewish Quarter) is located in the southeast corner of the medina and has an interesting flea market. Withe Fes to Marrakech desert tours you can start your trip around Morocco from Rabat.
8 Museum of Contemporary Art Mohammed VI
For anyone interested in Morocco’s modern art movement, this new museum is one of the best things to do in Rabat. The collection, housed in an impressively renovated building dating from the French colonial era, is small but preserves works of art by almost all of the country’s major names in the art world.A visit here contrasts beautifully with the vision of traditional artisan work. Morocco is famous for and shows the contemporary side of the country’s long artistic expressions.
9 New Town
The Ville Nouvelle of Rabat (New City) is home to the Archaeological Museum and also the surprisingly interesting Postal Museum (on Avenue Mohammed V), which houses a magnificent collection of Moroccan stamps, telephones and telegraphs. The streets of the Ville Nouvelle are home to a wealth of French colonial architecture and are a pleasant place to wander. Right on the edge of the district, Avenida Hassan II follows the 17th-century wall of undulations that separates the modern city from the medina.
To the south of the Ville Nouvelle is Rabat Royal Palace, built in 1864 and fenced off from its surroundings with a large wall. The complex is not open to the public as the current king still uses the palace as his residence. You can get good pictures of the outside of the palace from the nearby Sunna Mosque. Start your sahara merzouga tours from Rabat now
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