Grand Mosqée

Northern Atlantic Coast

This medina landmark dates from the beginning of the 11th century. It's the third-largest mosque in Morocco and a striking architectural mix of the Almoravid and Almohad styles, although it's been rebuilt many times over the centuries. It's closed to non-Muslims.

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Nearby Northern Atlantic Coast attractions

1. Medersa Abou Al Hassan

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Next to the Grand Mosque's magnificent entrance gate, this medersa (school for studying the Quran) is a showcase of Merinid architecture and decorative…

2. Zawiya of Sidi Abdallah Ben Hassoun

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Salé's patron saint, Sidi Abdallah Ibn Hassoun, was a 16th-century Sufi cleric and teacher. He's revered by Moroccan Muslims as a patron of travellers in…

3. Slave Prison

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Built by the dastardly Sallee Rovers pirates and recently restored, this slave prison next to the Muslim cemetery hadn't officially opened during our most…

4. Souq El Merzouk

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Textiles, basketwork and jewellery are crafted and sold in this souq. Also on sale are the woven grass mats used in mosques, for which Salé is famous.

5. Koubba of Sidi Ben Ashir At Taleb

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This white koubba (shrine of a saint) at the edge of the medina was built to honour a 14th-century Spanish adherent and teacher of Sufism. The faithful…

6. Souq El Kebir

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In the medina's main souq, hole-in-the-wall emporiums sell household goods, leather and wood. The spice souq is nearby, where you can pick up mounds of…

7. Souq El Ghezel

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This large, tree-shaded square makes an interesting stop on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons when women run an auction and employ men to show off the goods…

8. Medina

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Small and relatively easy to navigate, this 13th-century walled medina retains an almost medieval flavour. It's visited on a regular basis by the city's…