Bab Bou Jeloud


What's considered the 'front door' of the medina dates only from 1913, when the French punched a hole in the city wall and erected this grand triple-arched gate, decorated with blue tiles on the outer face and green inside. As a modern construction, it abandons the defensive bent entrance of medieval gates in favour of a straight entrance into the street. Outside the walls, the very modest old gate is visible on the left, but now closed off.

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