Bab Mansour Laleuj, Meknes

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An imposing imperial gateway and a landmark of Meknes, Bab Mansour Laleuj features ornate mosaic patterns, inscriptions, and massive marble columns. The gate often houses artisan exhibits and can be entered via a side gate. Use our Meknes attractions planning app to add Bab Mansour Laleuj and other attractions to your Meknes vacation plans.
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  • We visited the town as part of our tour of the country and were dropped by our driver to walk around the town. We came across this stunning gate which is very popular with tourists and difficult to.....  more »
  • although the front road of the gate is extremely busy. but we still enjoyable for take time to visit this place. the gate itself is colorful and splendid. and the square also much amazing. esp for...  more »
  • Beautiful gate, right across the most famous square of Meknes. Take a photo and wander through the medina again  more »
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  • A breathtaking gate that Mark's the entrance to the fortress.
  • Great architecture and design of this gate still standing after centuries.
  • Historical place and very beautiful door
  • The Meknes medina, garnished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, holds many treasures within its walls. The first one can be admired even before you enter the imperial city: Bab Mansour. This incredible gate (bab in Arabic) is not only a spectacular example of Almohad architecture but it also holds a unique story behind its construction. Bab Mansour was actually the last important construction project ordered by Sultan Moulay Ismail. He conceived it not as a defensive stronghold, but as an elaborate homage to himself and to the strong Muslim orthodoxy of his dynasty. The architect behind the great masterpiece was a Christian convert to Islam named Mansour Laalej (whose name translates to “victorious renegade”) who sought to ascend in the sultan’s court. His name also contributed to the name of the gate (mansour means “victorious” in Arabic). Legend has it that when the gate was completed Moulay Ismail inspected it and asked Mansour Laalej if he could do better. El Mansour felt compelled to answer “yes”, but this only angered sultan to the point that he had him executed. As colorful as this local tale may be, historical records show it probably did not occur as the gate was only completed in 1732, after the sultan’s death and under the reign of his son, Moulay Abdallah.
  • Large ex-imperial palace worth a visit

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