Morocco has some of the best and unique styles of architecture that will leave you speechless. Their designs are so intricate and aesthetically pleasing that you will feel amazed about the creation. These creations denote various Islamic styles and now are gradually becoming famous all over the world.
El Bahia Palace
El Bahia Palace is one of the most visited attractions in Morocco. With the meaning of ‘Brilliant’, this dazzling building was built in the 1800s and showcases the popular designs of the Alaouite, which was immensely famous during that period of time. The Islamic style is expensive and is made with concentrated details. Every tilling, color, carved wooden detail and marble works are a creation of versatility. You will be amazed to see this building and will be aesthetically pleased with its craftsmanship.
Mausoleum Moulay Ismail
Built-in the Saadian era, the structure of this building is so grand and attractive that you will be dumbfounded by the craftsmanship. The lavish rooms and the beautiful details of each wall are the work of a true master. The exteriors of the building are also very beautiful with various fountains and lush green courtyards. This building also contains a mosque; though the non-muslim visitors are not allowed to go inside the mosque, they are allowed to visit and explore the beautiful sights of the building.
Hassan II Mosque
Hasan II Mosque was built to celebrate the 60th birthday of the previous king. This bold, big and ostentatious mosque overhangs the ocean. The best part of this mosque is, unlike other Morocco’s religious sites, this place is open to all and everybody can come and explore the beautiful sights of this mosque. This is actually one of the largest mosques in the world. The height of the mosque is 210m. From both the inside and outside of the Mosque, it reflects great detail and designs of the Moroccan style.
Mosque and University of Al Quaraouiyine
This is believed to be the oldest university in the world and was dated back to the year 859. Here you will be able to see the Andalusian designs very prominently. From the geometrical floral patterns, the ancient Kufic calligraphy, ornate domes, and the gleaming marble, all are the signature style of this ancient building. Initially, this building was just a simple one but gradually it was reconstructed and redesigned and now in the present day, it looks outstanding. The elegant arches, towering columns, and that huge magnificent chandelier denote the golden age of the mosque. In the present day, this mosque is not only a great presentation of the great Moroccan design but also showcases the perfect blend of style carrying all the country’s past.
Mosque of Moulay Idriss
This mosque is a very significant place for the Moroccans. It is considered that Moulay Idriss was the first Arab in Morocco and the founder of the Idrissi Dynasty. Though it is not allowed to enter the mosque, from the outside, you can explore it in every possible way. You will be able to explore the beautiful sights of the mosque which are covered with bright green tiles and text from the Holy Quran. This is a very peaceful place where you will find true solace and will love the ambiance of it.
El Glaoui Palace
The reddish wall and the small windows give a very dramatic look to the place. There is a maze of rooms with various passageways with all kinds of shapes and sizes. The beautiful work of marble, the tiles work and the colors of the walls are very old and will take you to a time far from the present. Though most of the parts are in ruins today they give enough vibe of that rich royal culture that once used to rule the place. From the dining room to the kitchens and the carved wooden ceiling, discover all of them that beam with its past historical glory.
Established during the 12h century, the Koutoubia mosque is one of the most important old mosques in Morocco. This is one of the main symbols of Marrakesh. In this mosque too, non-Muslims are not allowed but the main features and attractions are all on the outside of the mosque. The entire building is made with red stone and sets a great example of the architecture of the Almohad period. In fact, it is said that it is the blueprint of Moorish-style architecture in Morocco. The carvings of the tower are so magnificent, the arches and the edges are well crafted and stand alluring to the eyes.
Mohammed V Mausoleum
This is both a tomb and a mosque, where the white marble and the green pyramid-shaped roof make it more alluring and attractive. This mosque was built for Mohammad V and has since been seen as one of the most important mosques in Morocco. Everyone is allowed in the mosque to witness the great craftsmanship of this place. The colorful walls and the decorative ceiling, the granite floors, all are too extravagant and grand to see and you will b left speechless by its intricate beauty. This is a stunning extreme of one of the most famous architectural wonders in Morocco.
Located in Chefchaouen, this Grand Mosque is one of the most visited places in Morocco. It stands as one of the most important architectural wonders of this country. This beautiful blue building in the heart of the city enhances the cultural spirit of the country and makes it more attractive. Just looking at this piece of architecture will leave you with many stories to interpret. However, this tower is different than those square figured designs, as the shape of the tower is octagonal.
This is one of the UNESCO listed building and one of the main tourist spots in Morocco. If you are willing to see the best of the southern desert architecture, then this is a building that you will love to explore. The building is much impressive from the inside than the outside. Islamic design and detail work are very much worth seeing. The layout of this building is a bit haphazard and that’s what makes it more interesting. It will give you the true vibe of authentic Moroccan desert culture. The interesting part of this building is its unique visual appeal.
The Architecture of a place denotes its rich culture and heritage that it has been carrying since its beginning. So it is very important to explore the architectural sites and understand the way of their designs. As a tourist, not only sightseeing but understanding of these detailed works will help you understand the culture closely. You can ask your guide for a private morocco tour to experience the magic of Morocco.
Peter Beaumont is a senior reporter on the Guardian’s Global Development desk. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East and is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org