Top 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Morocco

There are 9 beautiful sites recognized as UNESCO world heritage sites in Morocco known for its unique culture, out of which we will share with you top 5 UNESCO world heritage sites in Morocco.

Morocco is a diverse country in North Africa where one can explore sand dunes, deserts, mountains and more importantly admire the ancient architecture. A country where you can enjoy long camel rides and star-gazing at night through the clear sky. For those who are fond of history and love to understand cultures, Morocco is a country with lots to offer. So let’s know more about the heritage medina and fortresses in Morocco.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Morocco

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So here are the top 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco.

Medina of Fez

Walk through the streets of old Medina of Fez to get a feel of the lively culture in Morocco. The plan and layout of this old town of Fez is what has given it the coveted heritage site status. You will absolutely get engrossed in the ethnic lifestyle here. Colourful lanterns, beautifully carved copper pots, busy shops make up a nice aura during evening hours. The monuments, palaces and mosques in this old town were built during the 12th century. One of the oldest universities at madrasa al-Qarawiyyin is located in this town. Lifestyle has always been the same and has been preserved in Fez, one of the best cities in Morocco. The pleasant sites of a group of men relaxing on stools, animals being guided by their masters and taking along material to shops through little streets are eternally etched in time.

City of Meknes

The city of Meknes which is near to Medina of Fez has many great landmarks. Being a capital under the ruling of Sultan Moulay during the 17th century, this once wealthy city has been planned in the Spanish style. With strong military history to this city, there are high walls built for its town. Among the numerous monuments and mosques here, the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail stands out. There is an old underground prison which you can visit.

Fortress of El Jadida

The fortress of El Jadida though comparatively small is a great experience. It has been built by the naval expert Portuguese near the coastline and provides a splendid view of the sea from across the cliffs. Formerly known as Mazagan, it was captured by Europeans in the 16th century when they had just begun their colonization in Africa. After that, the Portuguese defended it for many years until it was surrendered to Morocco. The Portuguese culture is very evident in the architecture here. Relish yourself in this European like city of El Jadida.

Medina of Essaouira

The Medina of Essaouira located along the coastline has a nice beach and an old port. Built as a fortified town and as a centre for trade and commerce with outside world, this is yet another European type city. Seafood of different cuisines is recommended here. Full of tiny streets, the architecture here dates back to 16th century. It is a treat to have beautiful views of architecture, beaches and coastline from terraces. A flurry of blue boats and blue nets at the coastline appears very soothing. Relax in this peaceful town and don’t forget to visit the sea facing ramparts. For avid shoppers, an entire day can be spent appreciating the artwork and crafts in the city.

Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou

The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou located in the desert gives a nice architectural look with its earthen structure and tall walls. The group of buildings here are built using pre-Saharan techniques and in Moroccan style. The area has seen many warfares and despite challenges stands tall. It is one of the favorite shooting spots in Morocco for Hollywood filmmakers. Keep climbing to get different wonderful views.

Morocco’s history has experienced different empires and its heritage exhibits fusion of different cultures and architectures. It is a very friendly place with helpful citizens. It is highly recommended for history lovers to visit these top UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco.

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Sai Karthik Reddy

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, Mostly Going Somewhere was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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