Global Treasures CHELLAH Rabat, Morocco
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Located on the outskirts of the Moroccan capital of Rabat, a tall and impressive wall of compressed clay encloses the Necropolis of Chellah. This fortress-like construction dates back to the 14th century. The Mereniden leaders, Abou Said and Abou al-Hassan, were responsible for the construction of this mighty structure.
The view from the watchtowers is augmented by lush vegetation, a picturesque view that has remained unchanged for several centuries. Numerous paths lead through an array of colorful vegetation in front of the Necropolis, the foundations of which the Carthaginians occupied during the 3rd century.
Twisted and seemingly tortured trees add an air of mystique and intrigue to the atmospheric surroundings, while all around there is a magnificent and colorful display of flowers and blossom in the tranquil splendor of this unusual and enchanting place.
Today, Chellah’s minaret is crowned by a stork’s nest, the ‘City of the Dead’ having become a natural habitat for these wonderfully majestic birds.
A large and magnificently decorated gate was the entrance to the Necropolis, the ‘City of the Dead’, that was established here during Merenides rule.
Close to the pulsating capital of Morocco and its population of half a million, Chellah exudes a unique sense of historical mystique and has successfully managed to retain an alluring ambience of historic tranquility.
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