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One of Meknes? best know sights is the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, which is one of the few mausoleums in Morocco open to non-Muslims.
Historians have not looked kindly on Moulay Ismail, who was reputed to be a brutal tyrant but Morocco has given him quite a beautiful final resting place. Perhaps it?s because he?s an ancestor of the current monarch. Or maybe every country venerates on its past leaders, no matter how barbarous they may have been.
The mausoleum is housed in a small room at the back of the building which you reach after walking through a series of courtyards. You must remove shoes before you enter the final room before the tomb. The tomb is closed to non-Muslims though you can look at it from an opening in the wall.
We had picked a bad time to visit as a big bus load of tourists arrived in just after us. It did allow us to listen in on their tour guides descriptions though!
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