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Sightseeing in Rabat

Despite being only the third largest city of Morocco, Rabat is the capital city. The city is a mixture of the old Medina and a new very modern town which could not be more different to each other. The most prominent presence of its modern looks is the tree lined Mohammed V boulevard with on both sides modern buildings. However, when entering the old souks, its like stepping into a different era with old buildings, mosques and many street vendors and small alleys. It is this stark contrast which makes Rabat an attractive city to visit. Just outside of the city, but within walking distance, are the ruins of the castle of Chellah. When arriving at the castle the outer walls still look intact and expectations might be high, but inside there is nothing more left than a few ruins. Although there are some buildings reasonably intact, including a minaret from an ancient mosque still standing and it is still worth a visit to see some of Rabat's past.

For a bit of fresh air it is worth heading over to the sea front and look at the Atlantic Ocean or go to the beach. One sight overlooking the ocean is the Oudaias kasbah (or Kasbah of the Udayas). Probably best described as a walled village and because it is painted in traditional blue and white colors, it is one of the most picturesque places in Morocco. Some the of the other main sights includes the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan Tower which are built in Moorish architectural style. As with many other cities in Morocco, Rabat also has some old city walls with some nicely decorated gates. Rabat can be reached by trains from Marrakesh which takes just over 4 hours. 


Rabat travel photo gallery

 
Mausoleum of Mohammed V.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V.

 
Decorated door of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.

Decorated door.

 
Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V.

 


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Moorish architecture of the mausoleum of Mohammed V.

Moorish architecture.

 
Decorations inside the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat.

Decorations inside the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.

 



View over Rabat, Morocco.

View over Rabat.

 
Old pillar of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat.

Old pillar of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.

 
St. Pierre cathedral, Rabat.

St. Pierre cathedral.

 
Minaret of a mosque against a blue sky.

Minaret of a mosque against a blue sky.

 
Avenue Mohammed V, Rabat.

Avenue Mohammed V.

 
Entrance to the Sunnah mosque in Rabat.

Entrance to the Sunnah mosque.

 
Minaret of the Sunnah mosque, Rabat.

Minaret of the Sunnah mosque.

 
Entrance gate to the royal palace in Rabat, Morocco.

Entrance gate to the royal palace.

 
Chellah ruins.

Chellah ruins.

 
Entrance to Chellah, Rabat.

Entrance to Chellah.

 
Ancient minaret in Chellah in Rabat, Morocco.

Ancient minaret in Chellah.

 



Ruins inside Chellah with the outer walls largely intact.

Ruins inside Chellah with the outer walls largely intact.

 
Chellah minaret.

Minaret.

 



Palm tree growing inside the walls of ancient Chellah, Rabat.

Palm tree growing inside the outer walls.

 



Surviving minaret in the ruins of Chellah.

Surviving minaret in the ruins.

 
The exit of Chellah.

The exit.

 
Ancient defense walls of Chellah, Rabat.

Ancient defense walls of Chellah.

 
The tree lined avenue Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco.

The tree lined avenue Mohammed V.

 
Souks during dusk.

Souks during dusk.

 
Doorway in typical Moroccan architectural design.

Doorway in typical design.

 
Moorish mosaic.

Moorish mosaic.

 
The old souks of Rabat.

The old souks.

 



Rabat mosque.

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Gate in the old city walls of Rabat, Morocco.

Gate in the old city walls.

 
Rabat's ancient city walls.

Ancient city walls.

 
The Atlantic ocean hitting the Moroccan coast.

The Atlantic ocean hitting the African coast.

 
Waves of the Atlantic ocean arriving at the Moroccan beach.

Waves of the Atlantic ocean arriving at the beach.

 
View over Rabat.

View over the city.

 



Panoramic view of the Atlantic ocean and the Moroccan coast line.

Panoramic view of the Atlantic ocean and the coast line.

 
Ancient walls of the Kasbah des Oudaias.

Ancient walls of the Kasbah.

 
Stone doorway in Kasbah des Oudaias.

Stone doorway.

 



Entrance to the Kasbah des Oudaias in Rabat.

Entrance to the Kasbah des Oudaias.

 
Kasbah des Oudaias, Rabat.

Kasbah des Oudaias.

 
Minaret in Kasbah des Oudaias.

Minaret.

 



The blue and white walls of the Kasbah des Oudaias in Rabat, Morocco.

The blue and white walls of the Kasbah des Oudaias.

 
Decorated doorway in Kasbah des Oudaias.

Decorated doorway.

 



Blue and white decorations in Kasbah des Oudaias.

Blue and white decorations.

 
Defense walls of Kasbah des Oudaias.

Defense walls.

 
Kasbah des Oudaias museum.

Museum.

 
A Moroccan fountain in Kasbah des Oudaias, Rabat.

A Moroccan fountain.

 
Blue and white alley of Kasbah des Oudaias.

Blue and white alley of Kasbah des Oudaias.

 



Kasbah des Oudaias built on a hill.

Kasbah des Oudaias built on a hill.

 
Hassan tower, Rabat.

Hassan tower.

 



Tour Hassan, the unfinished mosque in Rabat.

Tour Hassan, the unfinished mosque.

 
Brick Hassan tower in Rabat, Morocco.

Brick Hassan tower.