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"Casbah of the Oudaya" Top 5 Page for this destination Rabat Things to Do Tip by matcrazy1

Rabat Things to Do: 205 reviews and 438 photos

by matcrazy1

Rue des Consuls lead me to Casbah of the Oudaya (Kasbah des Oudaias) located in the best for its old defensive function place of Rabat: at the highest city point, on a cliff, at the mouth of Oued Bou Regreg river to the Atlantic Ocean. The kasbah covers relatively small area and is surrounded by impressive walls which look the best at sunset.

But I liked especially:
- Kasbah gardens;
- museum Oudaya (National Museum of Moroccan Art - impressive collection of local jewelry, koranic manuscripts, musical instrument and royal carpets;
- views from the kasbah over twin city of Sale across the river, the Atlantic Ocean and Rabat.

The kasbah is a unique kind of medina or Islamic city surrounded by defensive walls. Its function was to give a place to live for a local leader/ruler or dynasty and to defend city. That's why kasbah was often placed on a top of a hill or near the entrance of harbours. Each old city of North Africa has its own kasbah.

Directions: In the northernmost and the highest point of Rabat, at the mouth of Oued Bou Regreg river to the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Updated Jul 28, 2005
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