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Chellah, Rabat

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Cemetery · Ruin
Walk through the atmospheric streets of Chellah, the ruins of a medieval Muslim necropolis and part of metropolitan Rabat's World Heritage Site. Fortifications surround much of the complex, built by the Marinids in the 13th century CE and including a mosque, royal tombs, and minaret. Ruins from previous constructions lie throughout the site, dating back as far as the Phoenicians. The minaret still stands, along with the sturdy defensive wall, though much of the site lies recumbent, overgrown by plants and fruit trees, and used as a nesting ground by storks. Plan a Rabat trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • At the exiting from Rabat to the north, en route to Shipshawan, is worth stopping on the way at La Forum, or by the other name Chellah. The place is a historical site from the Roman period. On a warm....  more »
  • Best to see with a local guide who will explain the history of the locations and its sites within. Probably 1- 11/2 hour needed to see this lovely ruin and garden. Rabat is a clean modern town and is....  more »
  • The Chellah was my biggest surprise in Rabat. Not only was the entrance and courtyard dramatic against the skyline but the ruined Roman town inside was a wonderful sight as well as a beautiful place....  more »
  • It’s an amazing quiet place. If you visit Rabat, you should walk around. You can meet storks. More than 3000 years of story. I love it.
  • It's an amazing, beautiful, peaceful Landscaped gardens on the site of an ancient citadel featuring Roman ruins & royal tombstones. Highly rated
  • Exquisite, full of history and insights. I could explore for hours. Lush flora, beautiful views. Search for the pool, tip a few dirhams to feed the eels. Try to go during stork migration season. Amazing how many flock to this location when returning home
  • Didn't really think it was worth the 70 mad entrance as I don't understand French or Arabic, but the castle sure is beautiful. If you wanna save money, just come here and see it from the outside
  • Storks and cats everywhere! Relaxing stroll with a wonderful view and some ruins to explore. It's quite a big place, so we'll worth the money.

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