Must-see Historical sites
The beauty of stones
From the North to the South, Morocco is renowned for its breathtaking architecture and interwoven history and legends. Fortified walls, medinas, minarets, monumental gates or even ksar and kasbahs, the country is perfectly preserved. It allows you to discover the architectural treasures of Morocco.
Mausoleum of Mohammed V.
Mausoleum Mohammed V, home to the Royal tomb, is a small architectural masterpiece. Explore every corner of Rabat, starting from the Hassan Tower, where the mausoleum is well represented on its esplanade. Contemplate this glorious architecture, while feeling the fresh Atlantic breeze. Made of white marble, granite floors and green tiled roof, this architecture has stories to tell you about. Contemplate the different aspects of Moroccan craftsmanship made of gilded cedar and white Pakistani onyx. Cross the door to admire the stunning decoration with calligraphic friezes.
El Jadida, the Portuguese city
The city of El Jadida is full of historical sites that cannot be overlooked. The ancient Mazagan, follows the footprints of its early settlers : the Portuguese. The Portuguese cistern describes best these footsteps as it is a cultural heritage monument. This stunning monument, housed in the centre of the Portuguese city, was used as an arsenal during the Portuguese period, before it turned to a cistern, which was unwittingly discovered in 1916. Inside the cistern, you’ll see a poetic and mysterious atmosphere, created by spooky reflections and shadow-play. If you are tempted by this historical site, take the opportunity to stroll through the narrow streets of the city.
The Kasbah of Taourirt
If you are staying in Ouarzazate, a short hop to the Kasbah of Taourit is a must ! At first sight, it lookes like a huge sand castle. As you get a little closer to it you see a huge fortress: it's the World heritage Kasbah of Taourirt. Built in the 17th century by the tribe of the "Glaoui", this outstanding architecture is entirely made of straw and earth. The charming Kasbah invites you to contemplate the decorations that served for several films.
Hassan II Mosque
Hassan II Mosque is the largest mosque in Africa, and the 7th largest in the world. Half of the Mosque is built partly on water over the Atlantic ocean, by the late King Hassan II. With a minaret that reaches two hundred meters high, and being boarded by a Medersa (Koranic school), a library, hammams, and a musuem, Hassan II Mosque is a huge cultural complex. All admiration is brought to this building: frescoes and zelliges with geometrical motifs, painted and carved wood, stuccoes with inextricable designs, arabesques with drawn or calligraphic motifs. Which wouldn’t be possible without the talent and innovative thinking of Moroccan craftsmen.
The walled medinas, ksars and Kasbahs
Arabesque doors decorated with geometric motifs surrouding the Medina are the main entry : Fez, Meknes and Rabat are distinguished with these beautiful doors. In the south, the typical architecture of the ksars and kasbah will make you discover fortified villages made of adobe, erected near oases. Each region has its own architectural style. To each region, its protective walls. Moroccan architecture is an infinite a source of admiration!