Yesterday was the first delegation day for the TechWomen in Morocco – we enjoyed a bus and walking tour of Rabat, followed by a wonderful party (complete with a drum band and kaftan fashion show) at the house of Nezha, one of the remarkably generous local mentees. “Touristic” sites we visited included:
- Chellah – A large ancient cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments – includes a Roman ruin and an Islamic burial place, with many resident storks, egrets, and cats.
- Kasbah des Oudaias (“the qasbah“) – Site of Rabat’s original ribat or fortress.
- Old Medina – Hassan Tower – Minaret of what was, at the time of construction, intended to be the world’s largest mosque – left unfinished. Royal guards with horses in elaborate dress included.
- Mausoleum of Mohammed V – masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture containing the tombs of King Mohammed V and his two sons, the late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah.
Images Copyright 2014 by Katy Dickinson