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Things to do in Rabat

Best attractions to visit in Rabat

1. Andalusian Gardens - Rabat

Andalusian Gardens

These gardens are located in the Kasbah of the Oudaya tribes. A construct of the French colonial era these gardens are full of fruit trees and are a treat in the summer. Now modified as park for the modern audience, it is a good place to relax after a tiring day of work for the locals and of sightseeing for tourists. It is strange but true that it is a garden in Morocco, designed by a French architect having Andalusian influence. The Gardens have a of a tea room built adjacent.

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2. Chellah - Rabat

Chellah

Also called Sala in one of the local languages, this is a necropolis of Muslim Medieval times in the metropolis of Rabat in Morocco. Incepted as a trading emporium by the Phoenicians in their times, it later became part of the Roman Colony and was named Sala Colonia. Muslim conquest shortened the name to Sala. In the 13th century the Marinids turned this into a complex with fortification, Minarets and a Mosque. Traditionally an archeological site, since 2005 an International Jazz festival is held here every year that attracts a lot of audience.

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3. Hassan Tower - Rabat

Hassan Tower

It is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Morocco. This is a red stone, half done minaret of an incomplete Mosque from the Medieval Muslim times. Commissioned in 1195, with Sultan Yacub al-Mansour’s death in 1196 the construction of the Mosque and the Tower stopped. The tower was completed to 44 of its originally intended 86 meters. Unlike a normal minaret in the Muslim world, instead of stairs this has a ramp where as planned, in order to deliver the call of prayer, the muezzin had to ride a horse to the top.

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4. Kasbah of the Udayas - Rabat

Kasbah of the Udayas

Located at the mouth of River Bou Regreg, this citadel or medina is an icon of the Almohad Caliphate in Morocco. The Kasbah neighbors the Chellah both of which were significantly changed in construct after the capture of the Kasbah of Udayas by the Almohads. A citadel of single story houses and narrow streets that remind the medieval times of Morocco, it has mystical eye captivating blue and white dwellings and artistic house doors. This site along with Rabat was given World Heritage Status by UNESCO in 2012.

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5. Mausoleum of Mohammed V - Rabat

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

As suggested by the name this historical building is the mausoleum of the Moroccan ruler who rests in peace here along with his two sons. It confronts the Hassan tower on the Yacub al-Mansur esplanade. The striking thing about this building is the cult classic architecture of the Alouite dynasty that it bears symbolized by a green tiled roof. Inside the mausoleum is a Koran reading place. On the outside, the beautifully designed and sculptured doors and columns leave tourists amazed.

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6. Rabat Medina - Rabat

Rabat Medina

It is the older part of the city of Rabat which has its entrance from the Souika Street. It is the small citadel from where this capital city of Morocco expanded from after the French colonization. Now full of shops and cafes for tourists to enjoy, in the start it was the shelter of Andalusian Muslim refugees that fled from Spain. From the markets one can by the famous leather goods including shoes and bags. Another trademark of the citadel is the green street where the Meantha tea also known as Moroccan vodka is can be bought.

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7. Royal Palace - Rabat

Royal Palace

Called in the local language as Dâr-al-Makhzen, this is the official residence of the King of Morocco in the capital city. Not just randomly located, the royal palace’s current site is stemmed from a background. It was near the administrative headquarters in the French Colonial era as a symbolization of acceptance of French authority by the Sultan. Surrounded by gardens, the Palace also has a parade ground for the Royal Guard as well as a special school for senior royal family members and a ground floor library.

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8. Abul Hassan Medersa - Rabat

Abul Hassan Medersa

A structure that reminds of the Merinides Dynasty, this is a Medresa or institute built in 1333 by Sultan Abu al-Hasan ben Uthman. It is one of the smallest of Medresas in Morocco located in the north west of the country in the town of Sale. It is an archeological site with stark memoirs of the original Medresa including its Zelliges (glazed pieces of ceramic),Mihrab, Fountain and Cells of students that stayed during course of their education. Annually a music and art festival known as Karacena is held here since 2006.

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9. Kenitra - Rabat

Kenitra

Kenitra is a port city in the north of Morocco. Located on the Sbu River this is a small city of around 76 km sq in area with a 2014 record population of 431,000 people. In the era of the cold war it was used by the US Navy as a stop point in North Africa. Prior to this, due to being a port it was called Port Lyautey in the French Colonial era. Notable places to visit in the city are the Mohamed Diouri Autumn Avenue, Sbou River and Zamzam Mosque.

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10. Mamora Forest - Rabat

Mamora Forest

More than a forest, it is a huge supplier of the country’s paper industry. It consists of Cork, Eucalyptus and Holm Oak trees. As its name means, it is quite fruitful the country and to the economy as well. It is one of the largest forests Morocco that covers an area of 120,000 acres of land. Also home to many of the bird species of Morocco, it is a heaven for nature lovers to spend a vacation. Much exploited for its vast resources, the Moroccan government and local community have enjoined hands for protection of this treasure.

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