Moroccan Architecture

Kasbahs, colourful doors, arches, stucco and zellij all make Moroccan architecture very distinctive and colourful. The designs and techniques go back hundreds of years and have produced structures ideal for the climate.

The imperial Moroccan gateway of Bab el-Mansour is found in Meknes, Morocco. It has zellij, or traditional mosaic tilework, and inscriptions across the top.

Located on the highest point in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, Hassan Tower is all that remains of a mosque built in late 1100s with the Mausoleum Mohammed V being begun in 1961. The latter provides an opportunity to see exquisite craftsmanship.

Located in the High Atlas Mountains, Tin Mal mosque is one of only two in Morocco that non-Muslims are allowed to enter. The other being Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.

Kasbah Amerdihl in the High Atlas Mountain foothills at Skoura, the earthen structure has been restored using traditional methods.

These traditional Berber mud houses form a staircase on the mountainsides of the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Tangier is a melting pot of cultures due to the historic presence of many civilisations and its proximity today to Spain. Here is the green and white door of a marabout tomb.

On the side of the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco is the small town of Chefchaouen, where narrow alleyways and sets of steps meander through the houses painted in shades of blue.

Built in the late 1600s by slaves when Moulay Ismail ruled northern Morocco, today the walls and arches of the granary are slowly crumbling. The roof is already gone.

In Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is the small village of Telouet. Overlooking it is the slowly decaying ruins of the once grand, Glaoui kasbah. Sometimes the Glaoui brothers who built it, are referred to as the Lords of the Atlas.

Ben Youssef Medersa was a Koranic school or Islamic college from the 14th century until 1960. Built around a central courtyard, its intricately carved cedar and stucco contain only geometric patterns and inscriptions as required by Islam.

This dead-end alley is in the small, blue town of Chefchaouen in northern Morocco. The presence of the door at the end of the alley indicates that it is a dead end. Chefchaouen is located on a hillside of the Rif Mountains.

This an ornately decorated minaret mosque in Tangier, northern Morocco.

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