Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat (must see)

The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is the final resting place of the Moroccan King Mohammed V (died 1961); it also contains the tombs of King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. The complex features neo-Moorish or Moroccan revivalist style, and was designed by Vietnamese architect Cong Vo Toan, who skillfully combined traditional forms with modern materials. The intentional use of historical crafts and motifs was meant not only to pay tribute to the late king, but also to evoke his efforts to encourage traditional craftsmanship as a means of promoting Moroccan identity.

Construction began in 1961, commissioned by King Hassan II, and involved renovations to the esplanade of the ruined Almohad-era mosque. Upon its completion, in 1971, the body of Mohammed V was interred in the mausoleum that same year. Later, his two sons, Prince Abdallah and King Hassan II, were buried here too, in 1983 and 1999, respectively.

A true marvel of the Alaouite dynasty architecture, the mausoleum stands on an elevated platform and is clad in white marble. The exterior is marked by porticos of Moorish arches and a pyramidal green roof. The wall surfaces above the arches are carved with a typical Moroccan sebka motif. Inside the building is a dome of mahogany wood with coloured glass, and the walls covered in zellij tiling. Some elements are finished with chased brass. A reader of the Quran is often present on the site, having a designated seat.

The mausoleum is open daily from sunrise until sunset.
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Sight Name: Mausoleum of Mohammed V
Sight Location: Rabat, Morocco (See walking tours in Rabat)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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