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What is the Meaning of Rabat?

The name Rabat means ribat, referring to the stronghold of victory. The name came to light in 1170 due to the city's military importance. 


Where is Rabat Located?


Located along the shores of the BouRegreg River and the Atlantic Ocean, Rabat is a super fun city with plenty of amazing sites to explore. As the capital city of Morocco, it is one location with Moroccans who are generally open-minded. Broadly, Rabat is the country's seventh-largest city with a population of over 500,000 individuals. 
The city was founded back in the 12th century by Abd ai Mumin, the Almohad ruler. However, in the 17the century, Rabat served as a haven for Barbary pirates. Thanks to the establishment of a protectorate by the French (1912) in Morocco, where Rabat was the administrative center, Rabat became the capital of Morocco after independence in 1955.


Historical Background

During the Almohad ruler al-Mu' min's reign, Rabat was transformed into a fortress. Yaqub al-Mansur built the beautiful city walls, and he also began the construction of the world's largest mosque. But after his death, the project stopped. However, the ruins of the mosque are still there up to date. In the 13th century, Rabat's economic power was shifted to Fez. During this time, Rabat declined so much that only 100 inhabited houses remained. 
Presently, it is one of the most interesting locations for tourists from all over the world. The King’s Palace is located right in the city, with most of the official government offices found near it.

A fabulous medina 

Made of adobe in the 12th century, the Andalusian ramparts protect the south side of the medina. The rectilinear layout of the old city is impressive as it is very different from the traditional mazes of streets. You can enter through the Bab El Had gate, scene of the Sunday market. This is where Souika street begins, the biggest and probably most animated in the medina. It leads to the Great Mosque and ends up at the Souk Es Sebat, the shoe market covered with reed mats and overflowing with hundreds of babouches, leather and handcraft goods and gold and silver jewelry. Then, along Rue des Consuls, which is partially covered by glass roofs, artisans work before your eyes on their deep-pile carpets, fabrics and copper objects. Heading back north, you approach the gate of the Oudayas.



In the center of the town is the Theatre Mohammed V, serving as the most prominent location for theater in the area. Here, you will also find several organizations active in cultural and social issues. 

The independence art scene of the country is well defined by the L'appartment 22, which was created by Abdellah Karroum as the first independent space for visual arts. This separate space paved the way for the opening of several other independent open areas, like the Le Cube.

Have you ever heard of the Mawazine? If you haven't, then it is a must-go music festival in Rabat. The festival came to life in 2001 with music groups, fans, and spectators sharing a week of celebration, culture, and music. At the festival, there are both local and international musicians like Rihanna and Scorpions ready to entertain and keep fans excited. It is entirely free entry and is welcomed by Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco. 


Place of Worship

In the city, you will mainly find Muslim mosques. Nevertheless, there are also Christian churches and temples like the Evangelical church and St Peter's cathedral. 
An excellent example of a mosque you will come across is the Sunnah Mosque.


Must Go places in Rabat


Experience striking colors by vesting Rabat's very own Blue city, Rabat has a lot to offer in terms of architecture and nature. You can engage in numerous activities and make the best memories.


1.Hassan Tower
The Hassan tower is one of the places you must visit in Rabat. Built-in the 12th century, the tower was meant to be the largest mosque in the world. But the death of Yacoub al -Mansour left everything stagnant. 
The beauty of the unfinished building strikes out. As one of UNESCO World Heritage sites, visitors from all over the world come to this location to experience its beauty. 


2. Zoo of Rabat
Incredibly big, the Rabat Zoo is home to different species of animals. In the zoo are some of the most intriguing animals in Africa like elephants, lions, hippos, and rhinos. Moreover, animals in the zoo live in a simulated environment, which is very eye-catching. For instance, the rain forest and the Savannah.

3. King's Palace
As the official residence of King Hassan II and his royal family, the El Mechouar Essaid Palace is truly a palace to admire. 
Here is also where principal government offices are located. However, the palace can only be admired from a distance, since the entry into the castle is forbidden. 


4. Boat riding
The BouRegreg River goes all the way to the sea. You can go boat riding in the river. It is also the best trip to take your family for some family time around the sunset. 


5. Andalusian Gardens
If you enjoy taking a walk around beautiful green and breathe some fresh air, then you should visit the Andalusian Gardens. Built by the French back in the 20th century, these gardens are still in perfect condition due to the wonderful maintenance. 
The garden is filled with flowers and shrubs along with some banana, lemon, and orange trees. It offers a beautiful environment to lay low and enjoy Mother Nature. 


6, Old Medina
Complete your trip by a stroll around the streets of Rabat's old center. You will certainly get lost if it’s your first time visiting Old Medina. These streets buzz with life as people interact, running businesses. Nevertheless, in these streets, it's easier to navigate compared to the other streets in Morocco. 

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