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5 beautiful ancient buildings in Morocco

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Written by See Africa Today

Empire rule was no new thing for Moroccans as far as dates back. Today, the North African country exudes a beautiful past from its architecture designed during the rule.

Marrakech, Fes, Rabat and Meknes are some of the imperial cities in Morocco with masterpiece buildings.

Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech

Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque [Photo by Riad Anabel]

This towering structure was built in the 19th century and is the pride of Marrakech. Its exterior stuns many visitors having been built with red sandstone. Stonework carvings are amazing while an array of ceramic tiles on the mosque’s walls makes it adorable.

The walls have different patterns as well. Koutoubia Mosque is believed to be 800 years old

El Bahia Palace in Marrakech

 El Bahia Palace in Marrakech

Bahia Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco [Photo by Lonely Planet]

It was constructed in a record time of 14 years in the 1800s by masons from all over Morocco making it the most attractive building in Marrakech. El Bahia stands for ‘brilliance’. It has a large verandah with ornamental gardens and its floor-ceiling is ornamental as well. In deep Islamic-style decor, it has beautifully coloured tiles, wooden carvings, marblework and painted ceilings.

Mohammed V Mausoleum, Rabat

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Morocco

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Morocco [Photo by Travel notes]

Located in Rabat, Mohammed V Mausoleum has the remains of two ex-Moroccan kings. It was initially built for his two princes, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah who are reportedly buried here. There is a tomb and a mosque by a white-marble mausoleum housed by a green pyramid-like roof.

El Glaoui Palace in Ouarzazate

El Glaoui Palace Morocco

El Glaoui Palace in Ouarzazate [Photo by Garden Diary]

El Glaoui Palace is a former residence for one of the most powerful clansmen in Morocco. The Palace has internal passageways of all shapes decorated with artistic tile work. The Palace’s rooms have white walls with wooden, carved ceilings.

Grand Mosque in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen grand mosque, Morocco

Chefchaouen grand mosque, Morocco [Photo by Planet Janet Travels]

The blue majestic Grand Mosque in this small town is a masterpiece. It is the pride of this old town in Morocco. It is octagonal and has eight-sided minarets placed during its construction in the 15th century. The mosque’s rooftop has earthlike colour metres below the minaret.

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