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Chellah, Rabat

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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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  • Beautiful old kasbah in Rabat. Unfortunately closed to visitors due to COVID (though dignitaries and government officials were allowed in an they were setting up a large event while we were there... 
    Beautiful old kasbah in Rabat. Unfortunately closed to visitors due to COVID (though dignitaries and government officials were allowed in an they were setting up a large event while we were there...  more »
  • Avoid disappointment and DO NOT GO, not yet in any case. The latest reviews are even fake or old. Even taxi drivers thought it was open, but it is not...you actually arrive and get all happy because....  more
    Avoid disappointment and DO NOT GO, not yet in any case. The latest reviews are even fake or old. Even taxi drivers thought it was open, but it is not...you actually arrive and get all happy because....  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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  • Even tho it says on google that it is open when we got there they told us that it had been shut for two years for refurbishments. There is a path along the ruins walls that is quite nice and you can go up the hill to see the view from there.
  • Beautiful landmark, this necropolis is definitely worth visiting when in Rabat. It's currently under renovation but I'm sure they're doing an excellent job at rehabilitating the beautiful gardens and spaces within.
  • I highly recommend you visit , it's a nice place to relax and walk a bit, some great roman history is found there ,do the tour yourself . This is a beautiful old Roman city that is worth visiting if you're in Rabat. I loved seeing the nesting storks as well. Remarkable medieval fortress ruins with fantastic well preserved garden. There are so many hidden corners to explore by watching the storks on top of the trees, towers and walls.
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  • Still closed as of May 2021 but you can still walk around the outside on a maintained sidewalk. There are good opportunities for photographs, interesting birds and fig trees to see.

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