South of Bab el-Mansour lies the mechouar (parade ground), now known as Pl Lalla Aouda, where Moulay Ismail inspected his famed Black...
Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
Diagonally opposite the Koubbat as-Sufara’ is the resting place of the sultan who made Meknès his capital in the 17th century. Moulay...
Musée de Meknès
Housed in the gracious old Tribunal building, this newly-opened museum features metalwork, farming implements, clothing, jewellery,...
Pavillon des Idrissides
An ideal spot either for a quick coffee or a lazy meal, this cafe-restaurant has scooped all the others in finding a great view...
Bab el-Mansour information
The focus of Pl el-Hedim is the huge gate of Bab el-Mansour, the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. The gate is well preserved with lavish (if faded) zellij and inscriptions across the top. It was completed by Moulay Ismail’s son, Moulay Abdallah, in 1732. You can’t walk through the bab itself (although it’s sometimes open to host exhibitions), but instead have to make do with a side gate to the left.