The Kingdom's capital, overlooking the Atlantic
Ocean, has roots buried deep in a millenium of history-a
city so often coveted by invaders in search of a strategic
retreat. Yacoub El Mansour, the Almohad, erected his
tents there in the 12th century, before the Merinids
left their stamp there in their turn, raising the necropolis
of Chellah upon the ancient Roman city of Sala.
In the heart of the city stands the Tour Hassan, the
last vestige of an unfinished mosque. Behind its marble
columns, the Mohammed V Mausoleum engenders solemn respect
and serene contemplation.
Built on the banks of the Bou Regreg estuary, Rabat
offers its visitors numerous flower-decked walks within
earshot of the Ocean. The many fine edifices enclosed
within its walls bear ample witness to its proud history
as an imperial city. In the maze of streets making up
the Oudaïas Kasbah, Islamic art rubs shoulders
with the modern city.