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Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat, Morocoo

Kasbah, or what is known in English as fortress are structures historically built to shield a community from external intrusions. The clifftop Kasbah of the Udayas was constructed over a thousand years ago. Later, a palace and a mosque was added into it. The Kasbah walls are 2½m thick and 8m – 10m high.

Today, the Kasbah of the Udayas mostly painted half white and half blue are residence to the locals. A section of the ground still retains the palace gardens and the other section overlooking the Bouregreg River meeting the Atlantic Ocean is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea.

The half white, half blue uniformly painted residence is a treat for photographers, a photo spot I would say. Just photographing the Kasbah is worthwhile coming to Morocco. During bright condition and the streets are in the shadows, do pose a problem for white balance adjustment.

The Kasbah was the last attraction in our itinerary for the day where in the morning, we started our itinerary from Casablanca.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

Walking uphill towards the entrance of the kasbah (fortress) on the right.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

The kasbah as seen from the inside and part of the palace garden.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

Chairs for you to have your tea in one of the few stalls inside the kasbah. Typical Moroccan tile design.

Kasbah of the Udayas

Coffee stalls in the Kasbah.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

Water tap outside of a house.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

One of the streets in the Kasbah.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

Entrance door to one of the houses in the Kasbah.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

A house right up to the walls of the Kasbah.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

The white & blue colour scheme of the narrow streets in the Kasbah.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat
Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat
Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat
Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat
Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

Well, not all are white & blue I must say.

Kasbah Of The Udayas, Rabat

View of downtown Rabat as you exit the Kasbah.

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Bou Regreg

Bou Regreg River, Rabat, Morocco

The Bou Regreg river is located between the cities of Rabat and Sale where its estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean. The river is 240 kms long originating from the Middle Atlas mountains. The river separates the cities of Rabat to the south and Salé to the north.

We passed this river’s estuary on our way from the mausoleum heading to the Kasbah (fortress) of the Udayas a short distance away. Our bus didn’t stop here because of the drizzle but we were able to capture a few pictures from inside the bus.

Bou Regreg river


Kasbah of the Udayas with the mosque minaret in the background.

Bou Regreg river


Nice place to enjoy your evening.

Bou Regreg river

Across the river, there’s a boat marina.

Bou Regreg river


The Kasbah of the Udayas within walking distance.

Bou Regreg river


Approaching the walls of the Kasbah of the Udayas.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco

From the King’s Palace, we were taken to the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Here lie the tombs of King Mohammed V and his two sons King Hassan II and Prince Abdullah. The building’s plain exterior white walls and green tiled roof betray an interior of exquisite traditional Moroccan craftsmanship. Herein lie the tombs of King Mohammed V flanked by his two sons, all of which are visible from an interior balcony. The mausoleum is open to non-Muslims but you do need to be decently dressed especially the women folks.

Facing the mausoleum is the towering minaret of the Hassan Mosque which construction was abandoned upon the death of the sultan in 1199. The minaret stands at 44m and looms over the remains of its ruined mosque, destroyed in an earthquake in 1755.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

Guards on horseback guarding the exterior mausoleum grounds.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

The Mausoleum of Mohammed V complex. The Mausoleum is the white building with green roof.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

Part of the mausoleum complex.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

The King’s tomb flanked by his two sons. There’s a person reciting the Quran at the tombs.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

Visitors view the tombs from an upper deck gallery.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

What remain of the abandoned mosque. The minaret and foundations. Site is just in-front of the mausoleum.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

Atlantic ocean at the back. Would have been a wonderful mosque if it was completed.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

View towards the mouth of river Bou Regreg flowing into the Atlantic ocean.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

Another section of the abandoned mosque.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Rabat

The South African embassy besides the mausoleum.

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