Tour Hassan


Rabat's must-see sight – along with the neighbouring mausoleum – this iconic tower looms 44m above the Bou Regreg estuary. It was originally part of an ambitious Almohad project to build the world's second-largest mosque (after Samarra in Iraq), but its patron Sultan Yacoub Al Mansour died before it was completed. The mosque was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, and today only this tower and a photogenic forest of shattered stone pillars remains in testament to his grand plan.

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1. Mausoleum of Mohammed V

0.12 MILES

The present king’s father (the late Hassan II) and grandfather were laid to rest in this marble mausoleum, which is decorated with exquisite examples of…

2. Grand Théâtre de Rabat

0.42 MILES

Still under construction at the time of research, but set to open in 2021, this space-age structure by the Bou Regreg River was designed by the late,…

3. St Pierre Cathedral

0.63 MILES

With an architecturally interesting exterior, this bright white cathedral dates from 1919 but its two art deco–style towers were added in the 1930s. They…

4. Le Quai Des Créateurs

0.67 MILES

Set on the banks of the Bou Regreg River, this low cubist structure hosts pop-up retail space for Moroccan designers, jewellers and artists. East along…

5. Souq As Sebbat

0.69 MILES

Recently restored, this covered souq at the eastern end of Rue Souika specialises in jewellery, rugs and leather goods, and is the only part of the medina…

6. Grande Mosquée de Rabat Medina

0.72 MILES

This mosque, a 14th-century Merinid original much rebuilt in the intervening years, is located just off the Souq As Sebbat. It is closed to non-Muslims.

7. Rabat Medina

0.81 MILES

When the French arrived in the early 20th century, this walled medina by the sea was the full extent of the city. Built on an orderly grid in the 17th…

8. Museum of History & Civilisation

0.82 MILES

Reopened after a major renovation, this small but perfectly formed museum is split in to two sections – the first showcases the history of Morocco through…