Rabat: Kasbah of Oudaya's restored (video)

There is a pretty positive development going on in Rabat, where one historical heritage restored to their former glory.

The Ministry of culture, the restoration of the red light district and components of the Kasbah of the Oudaya's complete. One of the monuments of the historical and cultural heritage of Rabat.  Previously we reported already about , a positive development in our nation's capital.

Since 2012 is this fort a UNESCO World Heritage site, as part of the registration.



Already in the 10th century there was at the mouth of the Bouregreg a ribat, a fortress where religious fighters were stationed. The Almohads made around 1150 the basis of current kasba, when they after their victory over the Almoravid fortress came up again. They gave her a new name: al-Mahdiyya, the spiritual founder of their dynasty Ibn Tumart United. The Almohads added include a mosque, the Jamaa al Atiq, today, the oldest of the city.

After the death of the great Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur in 1199 hit the kasbah in decay. Only when the Moors were expelled from Spain at the beginning of the seventeenth century were driven out and about 2000 of them settled in Rabat, the fortress was thoroughly refurbished. After the Alawite under Moulay al-Rashid in 1666 the pirate Republic of Rabat had been under control, the kasbah was further expanded. The sultans pitched there Oudaya's a garrison, a tribe from the South of Morocco.


The northern part of the kasbah has still the original Almohadische walls, 2.5 metres wide and 8 to 10 meters high. On the highest point rises the Bab el Kébir, at the end of the 12th century built for Yaqub al-Mansur. This ochre-coloured port is a highlight of the Almohadische art. The lasting of the Horseshoe arch are richly decorated with lofwerk in deep relief. The snakes at the bottom of the arc are an unusual element in the Moroccan art. To the lasting wraps around a text in Koefisch script. Behind the entrance door are three square areas. A second door finally gives access to the kasbah itself. Also this door is decorated on the outside, albeit less exuberant.

In the southern extension of the kasbah left Moulay Ismail a palace that be country residence and later as a madrassa. Today the building houses the Musée National des Bijoux (national jewelry museum). Around the museum is the Jardin des Oudaïas, a beautiful Andalusian garden from the early nineteenth century.

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