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Art in Morocco: discover its greatest treasures

Morocco is a true oasis where you can enjoy the different artistic manifestations that its buildings present, among which the palaces and mosques stand out. But also of those that are sheltered in its most important museums. Let’s take a tour of art in Morocco. Can you come with us?

Outstanding constructions of Morocco

Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakesh

Morocco houses constructions that are authentic works of art, such as the Sidi Bouabid mosque, in Tangier. It dates from 1917 and is in the Alaouite style. The building stands out especially for its red color and its minaret, which can be seen from practically the entire city and is adorned with beautiful mosaics.

From Tangier we go to Marrakech, where the Koutoubia mosque is located, representative of the Almohad architecture of Morocco. Also in the city you can visit the Bahia Palace, with intricate mosaics on floors and walls and other decorative motifs of great interest. Or the Saadian Tombs, the mausoleum of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur.

While, in Rabat we should highlight the Hassan II tower, which was originally to be part of the world’s largest mosque in the 12th century. Also worth mentioning is the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, a sober construction that is covered in white Italian marble. Inside, the walls are made of colored tiles.

Other architectural treasures

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

Another construction that shows the finesse and skill of art in Morocco is the Mohamed V mosque, in Agadir, with decorative wooden details that do nothing but embellish it. Next to it, we must talk about the Bab Mansour gate, in Meknes, made up of mosaics and various marble columns.

Special mention requires the Hassan II Mosque, in Casablanca. since it is the most important in the country, the second largest in the world and the one with the tallest minaret (it measures about two hundred meters). For its construction, completed in 1993, granite, wood, marble, mosaics or plaster were used.

Regarding the palaces, stands out the Royal Palace of Fez, which, due to its size, was built outside the city’s medina. And it is that it occupies an area of ​​no less than eight hectares. Unfortunately, and as with many other buildings in Morocco, tourists cannot access its interior.

 

“Architecture is the great book of humanity.”

-Victor Hugo-

Art in Morocco: museums and galleries

Museum of Wood Art and Crafts in Fez

A good way to get to know the culture and art of Morocco is by visiting its museums. One of the most outstanding in the country is the Art and Crafts of Wood, located in Fez. It exhibits traditional objects (musical instruments, furniture, tools…) that were carved by hand by the city’s master craftsmen.

In Rabat we find the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Mohammed VI, which houses a large collection of paintings, both national and international artists. The architecture of the building itself also stands out, since it is a modern construction that does not renounce its Arab-Moorish inspiration.

Equally recommendable is the Orientalist Museum of Marrakech, which offers a broad vision of the cultural history of the country through various orientalist paintings by artists such as Delacroix or Bertuchi. After going through it, you can go out to the terrace of the building, from which you can admire the city and the Atlas Mountains.

As for the galleries, one of the most outstanding in Morocco is the Kasbah Gallery, in Essaouira. This exhibits numerous works of art that will be of great interest to tourists who visit it, ranging from pieces of ceramics and furniture to textiles or contemporary painting by local artists.

As we have just seen, art in Morocco has a great role thanks to its majestic buildings and the museums and galleries it houses. Therefore, there is nothing like going through some of its most notable cities, such as Rabat or Fez to verify it.

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