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Hassan Tower, Rabat

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Religious Site · Architectural Building
Hassan Tower, a partially completed minaret of an unfinished mosque, now represents part of a World Heritage Site. Started in 1195, the minaret was half its intended height when its founder Sultan Yaqub al-Mansur died just before the turn of the century. The tower was left as it was, with a height of 44 m (140 ft), with work on the rest of the mosque also halted. Constructed from red sandstone, the structure has a striking appearance, its Moorish design reminiscent of towers and churches scattered across Spain. Our Rabat trip itinerary planner makes visiting Hassan Tower and other Rabat attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Towards the end of the 1300s, the 4th Almohad ruler Yaqoub al Mansour, dreamt of building a grand mosque in Rabat. He intended that it should be the largest mosque of the world. The project was...  more »
  • This tower is right outside the Mohamed V Mausoleum.It is an impressive structure. It stands Majestically in the courtyard.  more »
  • The Hassan Tower was prominently located in the same complex as the mausoleum to King Mohamed V and while striking on the skyline it isn't open to the public, so it's just something to stare at for a....  more »
  • Hassan comes out magnificent in pictures. It is one of the very few beautiful places to which the Entrance is free in Rabat. It's a pity it closes early in the evening. Try to be there before 18h00.
  • The significance of this site is that it displays the aspirations of the Arabic empires of the Middle Ages - lets build the biggest minaret in the world! But; they didn’t quite get there. The most beautiful fountain in Morocco is at this site and the other benefit of going here is that it’s right next door to the mausoleum. Beautiful, State horses guard the entrance into the square. The photos are deceiving because they tower itself is not overly tall.
  • Very interesting place, historically and culturally. The time I visited the mausoleum was closed for maintenance I imagine but still truly an architectural marvel.
  • Nice really big square with unfinished minaret. That was meant to be the biggest minaret in the world. Impressive mausoleum on the top of the square. I would say Hassan tower is main tuirst attraction in Rabat. It's because Rabat is relatively new city compared to Fez and Marrakesh. Nice and big garden is near but it was closed so we didn't manage to get in there. Nice place to take photos and take a good view of Rabat. It is easy to get there using google maps.
  • A very impressive place. Columns of an unfinished mosque seem like a stone forest. The high Tower of Hassan dominates the sky. Combination of columns and the tower is magnificient.

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