Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

Mausoleum in Meknes

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A visit to the final resting place of the sultan who made Meknès his capital in the 17th century should be a rite of passage for those travelling through town. Moulay Ismail’s stature as one of Morocco’s greatest rulers means that non-Muslim visitors are usually welcomed into the sanctuary, but in 2016 the site closed for much-needed restoration work following pressure from Unesco. It was expected to reopen in late 2018. The tomb hall is a lavish celebration of the best of Moroccan craftsmanship.

Entry is through a series of austere, peaceful courtyards meant to induce a quiet and humble attitude among visitors – an aim that’s not always successful in the face of a busload of tourists. Photography is permitted, but non-Muslims may not approach the tomb itself. The mausoleum is diagonally opposite the Koubbat As Sufara in the Imperial City.