Rabat: what to see in the capital and imperial city of Morocco

great mosque with minaret hassan rabat
great mosque with minaret hassan rabat

What to see in Rabat, journey to discover the ancient city surrounded walls, monuments, tour attractions and places to visit.

Guide Rabat

Rabat, Morocco’s capital, is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the left bank of the river Bou Regreg.

This city forms a single conurbation with Salé, a town located on the opposite bank of the river, it is composed of a portion corresponding to the Medina and the Kasbah, and a town designed and built during the French protectorate from 1912 to 1930.

For the balance of the urban plan of the modern city and the preservation of its many layers urban previous Rabat is listed as a World Heritage Site. Surrounded by walls, Rabat still preserves valuable evidence of civilizations that have settled over the centuries.

Its origins date back to ancient fortification near a former Roman colony, although it is officially founded by the Almohads in 1150 and strengthened at the end of the century. XII by Al-Mansur.

What to visit in Rabat

Great Mosque of Hassan:
Some great mosque dictates of hassan few rests and the homonym minaret they remain, with an inferior height in comparison to the initial project because of the interruption of the jobs of construction and the 1755 earthquake.
Always the same period are the walls and the Kasbah Oudaia, the fortified district, connected to the rest of the city by the monumental gate Bab el Oudaia, located on a rocky outcrop from the top you can admire a beautiful view overlooking the ocean and Salé .

Of great interest is the necropolis of Chellah, which stands on the site of the ancient city of Sala Colonia, important port Roman previously frequented by Phoenicians and Carthaginians.

The necropolis includes important traces of the Roman settlement, which overlapped Islamic architecture, especially Merinid era.