Morocco, Rabat Guide (B): Rambling Around Rabat

Rambling Around Rabat
Morocco

Today we took a day trip from Casablanca to Rabat, the capital city. While driving the 87 km, we learned a little about Morocco. Its population is 35 million of which 40% are Berber. The Arab Moroccan dialect includes French and Spanish thus Arabs from the Middle East can’t understand Moroccans unless classic Arabic is used. Morocco is more progressive than other Muslim nations. Women can drive cars, over 70% of those studying to be a doctor are women, and Morocco even employs a woman judge.

Rabat

Four different cities have once served as the capital of Morcocco…Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes, and Rabat. The current capital, Rabat, is home to 1.6 million people. Being the political capital, Rabat didn’t seem like it would be that interesting to me, yet I was pleasantly surprised by the 12 Century city.

Dar al-Makhzen

Our first stop of the day in Rabat was at Dar al-Makhzen, the royal palace and home to the king of Morocco. We saw it from a roped off distance, and this time we were allowed to snap photos of the Royal Guards in winter red. Our visit was quick and we moved on to the Hassan Tower.

palace

mosque across from palace

Hassan Tower

Hassan Tower is an unfinished minaret of a mosque whose construction was abandoned with the death of Yaqoub al Mansour in 1199. Mansour, the fourth monarch of the Almohad dynasty, planned on building the largest mosque in the world. Instead, the minaret which only reached 44 m, half of the intended height, ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Rambling Around Rabat
Guide Location: Morocco » Rabat
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Dar al-Makhzen   Hassan Tower   Mausoleum of Mohammed V   medina   Kasbah des Oudayas  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on author's website: https://adventuresofacouchsurfer.com/2017/03/28/rambling-around-rabat/