Rabat - At the turn of the twentieth century, before Rabat became the official capital of Morocco, Fez and Marrakech were the leading cities for influential Moroccan families.
Rabat – At the turn of the twentieth century, before Rabat became the official capital of Morocco, Fez and Marrakech were the leading cities for influential Moroccan families.
Since Marchal Laouiti ultimately settled in Rabat, the city became the capital of Morocco and surpassed other cities as the headquarter of power and influence. Recently, Rabat’s status was further elevated when UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee honored the Moroccan capital by deciding to add it to the cultural treasures of the World Heritage List.
From the days when Morocco became a French protectorate to the present (1912-2012), Rabat has been hailed as the first capital of Morocco to overlook the Atlantic Ocean, thus being amongst the ancient military strategic places and holding some of the amazing, traditional tales recounted at Rabat ports.
Alongside Fez, Rabat is also culturally rich city as it is home to several large museums, including the Oudaya Museum which is housed in a building dating back to the seventh century. Rabat’s museums put on display ceramics, traditional clothes, manuscripts and embroideries of varied forms. Visitors to Rabat can visit the museum of ancient relics, some of which date back to the pre-historic and Medieval Islamic eras. Additionally, the largest theater in Morocco is the Mohammed V Theater in Rabat.
According to Najib Miko, Director General of “Morocco Marketing”, Rabat has also benefited from a number of commercial projects, giving it the regional and global renown it deserves. But with increased attention and recognition comes controversy.
Some Moroccans, including Mohamed Khair Eddine, argue that Rabat, unlike Fez and Marrakesh, is not old enough to possess the honor of being Morocco’s capital. Moreover, they contend that the decision to bestow Rabat with such an honor was based on purely political factors.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti. Photo by MWN
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