Rabat

Cultural

Morocco’s glorious capital

Rabat is situated on the Atlantic Ocean, specifically at river Bou Regreg’s tip. On its opposing side lies Salé, Rabat’s commuter town. Between Salé, Rabat, and Temara, a population of 1.8 million that form an extension. 

Both Rabat and Salé are economically empowered by their industry of importing textile. In addition to material businesses, both cities have tremendous touristic appeal. Foreigners enjoy Rabat and its westernized atmosphere.

Rabat is also renowned for its role next to the seas: it was once a famous corsair sanctuary. It has served as one of many important ports in North Africa for Barbary pirates, during the 16tjh-century.

Commemorating the people’s king

King Mohammed V, along with his two sons, King Hassan II and Abdallah, is buried in the mausoleum Mohammed V. The mausoleum is considered to be one of Morocco’s masterpieces. It boasts beautiful Alaouite dynasty architecture, embellished in a green tiled roof that represents Islam’s preached colour of peace.

An Imam is usually present within the mausoleum of Mohammed V, reading the Quran on his assigned seat. It was built in 1977, and the late King Hassan II was buried there after his death in 1999.

Unfinished landmarks

Now regarded as a symbol of respect, Hassan Tower was intended to be the largest minaret and mosque in the world. The plans, however brilliant, have stopped following the death of Sultan Yaacoub Al Mansour, in 1199. The Tower stopped at 44 metres, 86 metres was the intended height. The mosque, too, stopped being constructed. 

Moroccans tend to look at the brighter side of things, the Hassan Tower’s incompletion remained to symbolise Morocco’s adoration for their Sultan. “it was Sultan Al-Mansour’s project, it shall stop when he does.”

Of Roman descent

The Chellah became the site of the ancient Roman colony of “Sala Colonia”. Before the Romans had established the province of Mauretania Tingitana, the Chellah was a fortified Muslim necropolis. The metro area of Rabat was the location chosen by Phoenicians to establish a trading emporium; which they called “Sala”.

The Kasbah of the Oudayas

The Oudaya’s Kasbah was built in the 12th-century. It was reconstructed by the Almohads, after taking over Rabat and completely destroying the Kasbah. The Almoravid dynasty had no choice but to yield, and the Kasbah remained as Yaacoub Al-Mansour’s. After his death in 1199, the Kasbah was abandoned. As a tribute to their ancestor Al-Mahdi Ibn Tumart, a palace and a mosque were added to the Kasbah and named them “Al-Mahdiyya.

The Royal Palace

Sultans and Kings in Morocco have always had an official residence called Dar-El-Mekhzen. A palace in Rabat was created by Mohammad IV, in 1864. Since then, the royal family, specifically the king, have stayed in Dar-El-Mekhzen. The French wanted Sultans and Kings of Morocco to be centred in a place near their administration; Morocco had been under control by the French, and it was a requirement that shows acceptance of the new system.

Jewish Heritage

Rabat

Rabat is the Capital of Kingdom of Morocco, located on the Atlantic coast in the northwest of Morocco,. 40 km south of Kenitra, and 90 km northeast of Casablanca

Wine

Rabat the capital

Rabat’s nourishing vineyards

Morocco’s capital and the seventh-largest city centre has a significant role in cultivating wine farms. Once a Barbary pirate haven, Rabat’s renowned farms have been supplying the world with red and white wine since 1908. The wine history in Morocco is synonymous with ‘The Red Farm’. An area that covers 800 hectares, and supplies the finest red grapes.

Planted on sections facing the southwest, La Ferme Rouge (The Red Farm) varies in its crops; cinsault, syrah, Merlot, Tannat, Malbec, and cabrenet-sauvignon. Planted in these fields and spanning over thousands of acres,  the grapevines are harvested in a timely, effective, and fashionable manner.

CNN ranked Rabat at the second place in its top travel destinations of 2013. One of Morocco’s imperial cities, and home to an 800-hectare wine sanctuary.

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