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Coming to Rabat

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About Rabat

Rabat is the capital city of the kingdom of Morocco. It was founded in the XIIth century. It is one of the imperial cities of Morocco and boasts many enticing historical monuments and extraordinary places of interest. The city has exotic gardens and interesting museums displaying the Roman ruins. With its city gates, magnificent mosques, and small back streets, Rabat fascinates any visitor.

Monuments of Rabat

Hassan tower: This is the 44 meter high minaret standing tall among the remains of the Sultan Yacoub Al Mansour.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V: This monument contains the tombs of Moroccan king Mohammed V and his two sons King Hassan II and prince Moulay Abdellah.

Kasbah of the Udayas: This is the fortification constructed on a mountain, overlooking the ocean. The Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads. Inside the Kasbah one can come across Andalusian gardens full of orange trees, flowers and palms.

Chellah: This is a necropolis of the medieval and ancient ruins that is situated on the outskirts of Rabat. This location is known as the place of the oldest human settlement on the mouth of the Bou Regreg River.

Museums of Rabat

Museum Mohamed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art: This is the newest museum in Rabat, it opened in October 2014. This museum presents 400 artworks of Moroccan artists based in Morocco or abroad from the twentieth and twenty-first century. It is the first independent Morocco's national museum dedicated to modern art.

Archaeological Museum: This is one of the most interesting museums in Rabat, it allows visitors to trace the history of Morocco since antiquity through the objects found on archaeological sites in Morocco.

Ceramic Museum: It is established in an eighteenth century borj named Borj Al Dumu. This museum created in 1994, presents rare pieces from different cities and regions of Morocco (Fez, Sale, Atlas, Rif, etc.). Some objects in the museum are more than 700 years old and date back to the Almohad era.

The National Museum of Posts, Telegraph and Telephone: In this museum are exhibited different objects that trace the history of Post and Telecommunications in Morocco. Visitors can admire the first stamp of Morocco from 1912, and a collection of phones, telegraphs and belinographs.

Museum of Earth Sciences: In the museum of earth sciences, one can admire a magnificent skeleton of a sauropod dinosaur 15 meters long and 15 million years old.

Craftwork in Rabat

Craftwork: Rabat's craftwork is famous for its finesse, with expertise inherited from Andalusian tradition. Rabat is a national center for a range of traditional skills. The Medina is the place where craftsmen corporations flourished. Nowadays, it remains a place of exchange and meeting points for people and civilizations. In Rabat, you must go and find the craftsman in his workshop. Instead of just taking an artifact home, you will be also taking a memory of its creation.

The traditional carpet: The Rbati carpet is an urban carpet. Fine in texture, with short-pile wool and often red, the center is decorated with a lozenge scattered with floral motifs.

Gastronomy of Rabat

Delicious by its taste and subtle by its scents, the Moroccan Cuisine is a delicious mixture of sweet and salty food. It associates the sweetness of fruits and seeds with the salty steams of meats and spiced vegetables to propose numerous recipes in any occasion: relaxed and traditional meals or parties' menus. The Moroccan cuisine is a mix cuisine. A nutrient broth from which we extracted brilliantly a delicate, generous and sophisticated gastronomy. The Couscous of Seven vegetables is the most popular national dish in Rabat, but it also managed to conquer fortified towns in many foreign countries.